Carib Dancer Captain’s Log 15-22 August 2015
Air Temp. 78-90+ F
Water Temp. 81-86 F
Dive Master Ramon
Rob, Brian, Sarah, Julie, Meghan, Ellen, David P., Vanda, Darryl, Patty, Mike, David T., Laura
Sunday – Crab Reef, Cut-N-Run, Cave Rock
Monday – Cut Thru City, Split Coral Head
Tuesday – Monolith, Primo, Jake’s Hole
Wednesday – Swimming Pigs, 3 Peaks Reef, Amberjack Reef
Thursday – Washing Machine, Austin Smith, Dog Rocks, Madison Avenue
Friday – Blue Hole
Saturday August 15th
After our guest boarded the Carib Dancer departed her home dock on Elizabeth on Bay and made way for the Exuma Islands to start a week of diving.
Sunday August 16th
The first stop of this adventures week was at the dive site called Crab Reef. Guest a crew enjoyed see with schools of Snappers, Grunts, several Gray Angelfish and Channel Clinging Crabs. After Crab Reef we headed East to the Island of Eleuthera and the dive site Cut-N-Run. Cut-N-Run has several things to offer divers. One is a Colorful Wall with lots of Gorgonians, Sheet & Plate Corals and Black Coral. There’s a large anchor that is stuck in the top of the wall that is encrusted with coral and sponges. When we follow the anchor chain over the wall and make a short swim to the North we came across a small plane wreck that made for a wonderful backdrop with guest and pictures. To finish the day it was Cave Rock and more Creatures than we could count. We saw Colorful Feather Stars, Banded Coral Shrimps, Christmas Tree Worms and Beaded Anemone. It was an excellent first day of diving.
Monday August 17th
On this Monday Morning we started on my personal favorite wall dive near Eleuthera, Cut Thru City. Everyone enjoyed all the Swim Thru’s, Canyons, Shear Wall covered with Sponges, Sea Whips and Black Coral. On top of the wall just off the reef in the sandy area, we saw Hundreds of Garden Eels, some small Rays and lots of Yellowhead Jawfish. Next stop, the best place to find Sharks when diving this area, the dive site called Split Coral Head. Here we encountered Channel Clinging Crabs, Schools of Horse-Eye and Black Jacks. We were able to find and get some excellent pictures of Spotted Scorpionfish. This Spotted Scorpionfish was only about 7 inches long, and then can grow as big as 14 inches, max. about 18 inches. But while we were enjoying all the fish and creatures we had 9 Caribbean Reef Sharks swimming near us sometimes less then a foot away. Split Coral Head is always a Fun and Enjoyable Dive!
Tuesday August 18th
We started the day with a couple of wall dives, Monolith and Primo. While swimming along the walls we saw Atlantic Spadefish, Cero Mackerel, Large Groupers and a Hawksbill Turtle. The walls were covered with Colorful Corals and Sponges with a few Swim Thru’s and Canyons. After diving those beautiful walls we headed to the southern part of Eleuthera to Jake’s Hole. Diving Jake’s Hole is like diving in 15-35-foot Colorful Aquarium. Lots of Hard Corals, Soft Corals, Schools of Tropical Fish, Eels, Crabs, Lobsters and Rays were easily seen. We encountered so much Marine Life that we could have spent all day at Jack’s Hole and still would have wanted more.
Wednesday August 19th
After the night dive on Jake’s Hole the Carib Dancer made her way South into the Exuma Land & Sea Park to help our guest experience as much of the Bahamas as possible. There’s only one place in the World this can happen and this Wednesday Morning the guest of the Carib Dancer swam with pigs. Yes, there are Swimming Pigs in the Bahamas. Just off the beach on Big Major Spot guest interacted with pigs of varies sizes, from very small to a few hundred pounds as the Island Pigs swam out to greet guest. Everyone had an Awesome Time! After an experience of a lifetime it was time for some diving. First stop after swimming with pigs was the dive site 3 Peaks. While diving 3 Peaks guest enjoyed see a variety of Hard and Soft Corals, Lionfish, Trumpetfish, School Masters, Jawfish and Reef Sharks. Our last stop of the day was Amberjack Reef. Name because of the amount of Amberjacks we usually see during the late afternoon ad night dives, this site also had a plethora of Marine Life. Larger Black Groupers, Rays, Black Jacks that follow you around at night. We also saw Lobsters, Crabs and many Caribbean Reef Sharks that come for a close up.
Thursday August 20th
Today we started with a drift dive on the Washing Machine. As the current flows through Oyster Cay and Highborne Cay during a raising tide, guest can enjoy an underwater ride. First as we drifted along we were tossed around like being inside of a washing machine spin cycle. Then after the rinse cycle we enjoyed a slow drift of Basketstar Reef, looking at Colorful Coral and Sponges, Schools of Fish, Stingrays, a couple of small Eels and a Hawksbill Turtle. How do we top an underwater spin ride, by making way to The Wreck of the Austin Smith and diving with Caribbean Reef Sharks. The Sharks on the Austin Smith always make a nice slow swim near and between the divers as they explore the wreck and surrounding reefs. Dog Rocks was next and we all saw why it’s the crew and group leaders Rob favorite site. Lots of Swim Thru’s, Canyons, Schools of Horse-Eye Jacks, Snappers, Several Mackerel, Sharks and as we swam up from one of the swim thru’s we end up in the middle of about 30 Atlantic Spadefish. Great Visibility, Warm Water and Lots of Marine Life made for an Awesome Dive! Madison Avenue was where our guest finished the day of diving. Madison Avenue has always been a good easy dive and today it was as sweet as always. Everyone enjoyed the beautiful reef and playing with Yellowhead Jawfish, Small Yellow Rays, Schools of Grunts, Snappers, School Masters, Ocean Triggerfish, Great Barracuda and Hundreds of Creatures.
Friday August 21st
We ended the trip with an early morning dive on the Blue Hole. Entering the water for a pre-breakfast dive guest had the opportunity to watch the Marine Life around the Blue Hole wake up and start their day. We enjoyed Schools of Snappers, Grunts, Angelfish, Rays and a few Sharks. It was a Good Dive to finish an Awesome Week of diving with a Fantastic Group of People!
The Crew would like to Thank Everyone For Joining Us On The Carib Dancer In The Bahamas and being flexible with your vacation time. Because of your flexibility we were able to see a lot of what the Bahamas has to offer at dive site in the Exuma’s, Eleuthera, The Exuma Land & Sea Park and we even swam with Pigs.
Hope To See Everyone Again Soon…
Carib Dancer Crew