Carib Dancer Captain’s Log 20-27 June 2015
Air Temp. 77-82+ F
Water Temp. 80-84 F
Instructor David D.
Chef David P.
Ginette, Ann, Bill, Susanne, Dominic
Continuing with our Special Charters out of the West end of Grand Bahama, this week was a Unique Charter on The Carib Dancer. Gene Flipse owner of Conscious Breath Adventure chartered the Carib Dancer to search and swim with the Atlantic Bottlenose and Spotted Dolphins. Gene and his good friend Jeff Pantukhoff, President & Founder of The Whaleman Foundation started visiting and enjoying encountered with Dolphins on the West End of Grand Bahama and the Bimini Islands over 20 years ago. And this week the guest of the Carib Dancer enjoyed lots of up close in water experiences with the Bottlenose and Spotted Dolphins. And they also enjoyed some very good snorkeling and scuba diving on the colorful reefs in the area.
Sunday June 21st
After guest boarded the Carib Dancer, we departed Old Bahama Bay out of the West End of Grand Bahama and made our way to the reefs area some 25 plus miles away.
Monday June 22nd
Our first day started with a dive on the Sugar Wreck. The Sugar Wreck sits in about 18 feet of water making it an excellent dive site for both snorkelers and scuba divers. While exploring the shallow wreck we saw Eels, a variety of schooling fish, Hawksbill Turtle and a couple of Nurse Sharks. After departing the Sugar Wreck it didn’t take long before we had Bottlenose Dolphins on the bow. They were riding the bow and playing all around the Carib Dancer. Because they were playing so much, weren’t able to have an in water encounter, but we still took lots of great pictures. Later in the day we came across another pod of Dolphins and this time they were calm and playful. Guest was able to have a fantastic experience swimming with about 25 Wild Bottlenose and Spotted Dolphins of the Bahamas.
Tuesday June 23rd
During the day we spent some time on the White Sand Ridges, which is located on the Northwest side of the Little Bahama Bank. The different shades of blue makes the water in this area amazing to look at, almost mesmerizing. There used to be a light tower on the White Sand Ridge, which would help ship navigate the shallow waster of the Little Bahama Bank. Due to storms many years ago this tower fell and is now a haven for Marine Life. We enjoyed several schools of fish like Snappers and Permits and Stingrays. Yesterday guest enjoyed some in water time with Dolphins. This time they were all Bottlenose.
Wednesday June 24th
After enjoying a wonderful breakfast we stopped for a dive on Hogfish Reef. Several guest enjoyed this early morning dive. Just after the dive we did something a little different and drift snorkeler the Mini Wall. The Mini Wall an excellent site to scuba dive and snorkel the top of these walls are about 25 feet and visibility was so clear we could see the bottom where the Coral meets the sand at 70 feet. While swimming along we saw Large Black Groupers, Rays, Turtle, Nurse Shark, Caribbean Reef Sharks and a Tiger Shark. Diving the reefs are always fun but it was time to find some Dolphins. And it didn’t take long, during the day we were in and out of the water several times enjoying very close encounters with Bottlenose Dolphins.
Thursday June 25th
Guest enjoyed mixing it up yesterday with some diving and dolphin time that today we repeated the experience. First stop was Shark Paradise where guest enjoyed a Colorful Reef and several Sharks. We had Nurse Sharks, a few Caribbean Reef Sharks, Several Lemon Sharks and a Tiger Shark swimming close giving divers and snorkelers an amazing experience. After all the Reef Marine Life and Many Sharks we cruised to the North back to the White Sand Ride area and found more Dolphins to interact with us. While enjoying the Bottlenose Dolphins that was swimming with us we had an up close visit from a Bull Shark.
Friday June 26th
While making our way back to Old Bahama Bay we looked back on our time exploring the Little Bahama Bank for Wild Dolphins. Our guest had experiences that will last a lifetime. Not only being able to swim with the Wild Bottlenose and Spotted Dolphins, but with a Variety of Marine Life and Five Different species of Sharks, the Nurse Shark, Caribbean Reef Shark, Lemon Sharks, Bull Shark and Tiger Sharks
A Very Big Thanks you to Gene Flipse for planning the journey off the West End and Jeff Pantukhoff for assisting us in so many ways. The knowledge of the Dolphins that Gene and Jeff passed to not only the guest of the Carib Dancer but the crew made the experiences very memorable.
Hope To See Everyone Again Soon…
Carib Dancer Crew