Sun Dancer II Captains Log May 23-30
Air Temp. 82 F
Water Temp: 81 – 83 F
Vis: 80-100 Ft
Captain Megan, First Mate John, Engineer Simon , Chef Jerry, Stewardess Elia, Assistant Chef Jean, Divemaster William and Onboard Assistant Conway!
Brad, Marla, Mort, Ryan, Jared, Sara, Pat, Bill, Robert, Matt, Rich, Beth, Emilio, Keith, Russell, Lori, Nicole, Randy and Rich!
Dive Sites Visited:
Sunday: Site X and Long Caye Ridge
Monday: Julie’s Jungle and Long Caye Wall
Tuesday: Dos Chicas and Painted Wall
Wednesday: The Great Blue Hole and East Cute and Long Caye Wall
Thursday: Half Moon Caye Wall and Silver Cave
Friday: Sandy Slope
What an extraordinarily fun week of diving and on board joyfulness. The week started on Saturday when everyone boarded the Sun Dancer II from the Radisson Dock in Belize City. The divers excitedly set up their gear on the dive deck and made themselves comfortable in their staterooms. Upstairs in the salon there were appetizers and drinks to enjoy while the briefings took place before a delicious dinner was served. After the meal the Sun Dancer II set out to Lighthouse Reef and the first day of diving started at Site X in the morning.
Sunday: Site X even though named very elusive has wonderful diving for the first day and a lot to check out on the reef. There are little colorful fish all over the rocky edges of the reef and down the wall you can see the barracudas and groupers tending to their areas of interest always with a close eye on the divers passing by. The afternoon dives at Long Caye Ridge had at least three huge tarpon and a huge school of horse eyed jacks under the boat. Plenty of fish all over the reef and an amazing scorpion fish that was found by ‘Eagle Eye’ Sara was really cool to check out as well.
Monday: Julie’s Jungle in the morning had a lot of cool sea creatures including a green moray eel, slipper lobster, turtles, a huge barracuda and another moray. A lot of photo ops and video moments to capture with the wall looking so blue and spacious and the reef covered in life and surprises. The afternoon site at Long Caye Wall also had a lot to offer with a shark that came by the divers very close and another huge moray eel to check out. There was a big puffer fish, snapping shrimp and an arrow crab in a sponge. All super fun macro as well as some wide angle delights; the whole day of diving was fun and enjoyable. On the night dive there were squids that happened to cooperate with the divers and pose for pictures and video, octopus, toad fish, eels and scorpion fish in addition to the usual exciting nighttime sea creatures including the basket stars that are always a wonder to observe.
Tuesday: Dos Chichas was a super fun dive site for the morning. There was a logger head turtle hanging out with the divers and trunk fish, two reef sharks, rays, spotted eagle rays and juvenile drum fish. There were a lot of beautiful and incredible sea creatures to check out on the afternoon dive site as well. With the shallow top of the reef the light makes everything so colorful giving the dive site the name Painted Wall. A highlight was a big free swimming eel that caught your attention easily looking like a ribbon winding and threading its way around the reef. The Bermuda Chubs were all around along with the sergeant majors and a million other happy reef fish all playfully going about their business. The entire day was wonderful and enjoyable, fun times were had by all.
Wednesday: The Great Blue Hole was the first dive of the day and after an hour of winding thru the reef up north the Sun Dancer II made her entrance into the thousand foot diameter circle with the reef as a barrio to see the dark blue water in the middle. From the top deck you can get a very good view of this world class dive site and the dive itself was memorable as well. The stalactites were dramatic and gave many opportunities for wide angle shots that have the blue background with contrasting dark in front. The second dive instead of a dive was an opportunity to head to Half Moon Caye Island which is very beautiful and a nice way to spend an extended surface interval before heading back to the yacht for lunch then some exciting afternoon dives at East Cut! One diver, Ryan, exclaimed after the first afternoon dive that it was the BEST DIVE EVER with sharks and spotted eagle rays and other cool friendly creatures along the wall. There was a particularly friendly shark that was very photogenic and even was named Dave after being such a wonderful asset to the dice. The late afternoon dive was at Long Caye Wall and had awesome creatures to admire and check out along with the night dive that had squids and slipper lobsters making them the highlight of the night dive.
Thursday: Half Moon Caye Wall is one of the most beautiful dive sites in the Lighthouse Reef area if not the world with the perfect white sand and turtle grass, sting rays and garden eels leading you out to the wall then all the wonders along the reef and over the wall make for countless wonders and spectacles of enjoyment. The tarpon were especially cooperative and the sharks and stone fish also made for some excellent photo opportunities. At Silver Cave in the afternoon Randy got the nickname of being a Ray Whisperer and there was the exciting Giant sea horse to check out and enjoy as well. Friday was fun as well at Sandy Slope at Turneffe island and had many notable creatures along the sand and in one area the divers were able to find a plethora of creatures ranging from eels to the elusive trigger fish that is only found in that one area.
The entire week was fun and memorable in a million different ways. On Behalf of all the Crew of the Sun Dancer II we would like to thank you for joining us and we look forward to spending more time with you on board and underwater in the future.