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Carib Dancer Captain’s Log 27 June - 4 July 2015
Air Temp. 77-85+ F
Water Temp. 80-85 F
Instructor David D
Chef David P
Lucaya, Cloe, Brenda, Cambridge, Nancy, Constance, Linda, Madison, Chris, Tyler
Today we start our second week of Unique Charters with Conscious Breath Adventures, searching the White Sand Ridges of the Little Bahama Bank and the Islands of Bimini for the Atlantic Spotted and Bottlenose Dolphins. After guest boarded we departed Old Bahama Bay Resort & Marina on the West End of Grand Bahama and made way to the Bimini Islands.
We started our day by diving the Bimini Road (aka The Road to Atlantis). Bimini Road is a shallow dive, which made it perfect to check and make sure our dive equipment was in working order. It didn’t take long after entering the water before we were swimming with Schools of Fish, Rays and a small Nurse Sharks. After enjoying Bimini Road we started looking for Dolphins and it didn’t take long before we came across a pod of 15 Bottlenose Dolphins. It wasn’t long after that before everyone was swimming and interacting with the Wild Dolphins. Before the first full day in the water was over our guest will have swam with several pods of Bottlenose and Spotted Dolphins.
I’m not sure how your Monday morning started but here on the Carib Dancer we started the day swimming with Wild Atlantic Spotted Dolphins. Then after a wonderful lunch, we stopped at the dive site called Moray Alley. Moray Alley is a low to medium profile coral head located just off North Bimini in 40-60 feet of water. Schools of Snappers, Gray, French and Queen Angelfish, Trumpet fish and Spotted Moray Eels were just some of the Marine Life we encountered while diving Moray Alley. The rest of Monday we took pictures and videos of Dolphins bow riding and playing all around the Carib Dancer.
While we were making our way to the Wreck of the Hesperes we had Dolphins swim up to and was playing all around the vessel. The Dolphins were high energy and very active so we didn’t get the chance to get in the water this time, however they did give us a very nice show to enjoy. One of favorite dive sites around the Bimini Islands is the Hesperes Wreck. The Hesperes is a small barge that sit in 18-20 feet of water and has more fish on it they any wreck I have seen in several years. Very Large Schools of Snappers, Grunts, Big Angelfish, Loggerhead Turtles, Schools of Barracuda and more Stingrays the Stingray City, located in Grand Cayman. After a Fantastic dive of the Hesperes, we spend the afternoon watching and swimming with a small pod of 6 Spotted Dolphins.
Our day started in the Bimini Islands and ended on White Sand Ridge area off the West End of Grand Bahama. After breakfast we were planning a dive on one of the reefs while we came across a Pod of about 35 Dolphins. The pod was a mixture of Spotted and Bottlenose Dolphins and they were very friendly with divers. After a great morning with the mix pod we started making our way towards The White Sand Ridges but stopped near the island of Great Isaac. Great Isaac is located North of Bimini and has a lighthouse on the island to help ship navigate around shallow rocky areas. As we were slowing passing the island we had over 20 Spotted Dolphins join the Carib Dancer and put on a show of bow riding and playing around the vessel. After a short period we slowed and slowly entered the water and had an Awesome Encounter with Spotted Dolphins.
Thursday Before heading off to look for Dolphins we made our way to a dive site called Shark Paradise where we swam with Huge Parrot fish, Black Grouper, Moray Eels, Roughtail Stingrays and Sharks, Nurse, Caribbean Reef and Lemon Sharks. The rest of the day we watch Dolphins bow ride and enjoy in-water encounters.
Friday On the last day we enjoyed looking for Dolphins and swam with Turtles. It was a very relaxing fun filled day, an excellent way to end a wonderful week in the Bahamas on the Carib Dancer.
The Crew would like to Thank Everyone For Joining Us On The Carib Dancer In The Bahamas!!!
Hope To See Everyone Again Soon…
Carib Dancer Crew