Carib Dancer Captain’s Log 19-26 Dec 2015
Air Temp. 72-80+ F
Water Temp. 72-81 F
2nd Captain David
Cara, Caroline, Megan, Jerry, Laurel, Cecile, Susan, Marjorie, John, Ignacio, Jimena, Jerome A. and Jerome L.
Sunday – Lobster No Lobster
Monday – Barracuda Shoals, Hole In The Wall, Cave Rock
Tuesday – Monolith, Tunnel Rock
Wednesday – Split Coral Head, Jake’s Hole
Thursday – Cut Thru city, Cut and Run, Crab Mountain, Barracuda Shoals West
Saturday December 19th
Guest boarded the Carib Dancer, relaxed from traveling and slowly unpacked. After relaxing for a while they enjoyed a wonderful dinner and an evening in Nassau.
Sunday December 20th
Long before the sun came up the Carib Dancer departed her home dock of Elizabeth On Bay and made way for the Exuma Islands. Once arriving in the Northern Exuma Islands, we enjoyed the very colorful dive site Lobster No Lobster. While diving Lobster No Lobster we encountered Sand Divers, Peppermint Gobies, Juvenile Princess Parrotfish, Schools of Yellowtail Snappers, Barracuda’s, Hawksbill Turtle and Caribbean Spiny Lobsters.
Monday December 21st
We started this Monday diving Barracuda Shoals, taking pictures of Lobsters, Yellow Rays, Southern Stingrays, Tiger Groupers, Nurse Sharks and Caribbean Reef Sharks. There was a lot more Fish and Creatures and add some Beautiful Gorgonians, it was a perfect dive site. Because of the changing winds it was time for us to change dive area. During lunch we made our way East to the Island of Eleuthera and a dive site called Hole In The Wall. Just off to the right as we swam down the mooring line to start the dive we could see the hole. A few of us slowly drifted down to the entry of the hole at 40 feet. As we entered, the swim thru made a slight turn to the left can we exited the Hole in The Wall into the Blue Exuma Sound. During our time underwater we saw Queen Angelfish, a variety of colorful Branching Tube Sponges, Black Feather Coral and Schools of Fish. One of those schools of fish was about Hundreds Bar Jacks hanging around the mooring line. Cave Rock was where we finished our day of diving, encountering Arrow Crabs, Channel Clinging Crabs, Spotted Moray Eel, Yellow Stingrays and one Very Big Black Grouper.
Tuesday December 22nd
Monolith was our first dive site. Monolith is a wall dive that is covered with Marine Life. Swimming in and out of some of the big gullies, seeing the sand just off the corals covered with garden Eels. We also spotted Large Groupers, Roughtail Stingrays, Solitary Disk Corals and Spotted Eels. Tunnel Rock was next where we saw Black Groupers, Queen Angelfish, several different Stingrays, Jawfish and a Mantis Shrimp.
Wednesday December 23rd
Split Coral Head and lots of Sharks was our first dive. Split Coral Head has a wonderful wall to enjoy, plus in the shallows a huge Coral Head that’s covered with Marine Life. Between the wall and the coal head is a large sandy area and that’s where we hangout and enjoy about a dozen Caribbean Reef Sharks that swam less hen a foot away from some of us. Swimming with Sharks is always a good way to start the day. After all the Sharks it was time to slow the pace a little the Carib Dancer headed south to our next dive site Jake’s Hole. Once we arrived at Jake’s Hole we enter the water. Because it was so clear and so many brightly colored Coral Heads when we entered it was like swimming in our own Aquarium. Some of the Marine Life we encountered while diving Jake’s Hole was Peterson Cleaner Shrimp, Spotted Spiny Lobsters, Fairy and Blackcap Basslets, Sharpnose Puffer, Smooth Trunkfish and Whitespotted Filefish In its Orange Phase.
Thursday December 24th
After breakfast we spend some time underwater at Cut Thru City. I like this site because of all the Canyons and Swim Thru’s. No matter which way we went on the wall north or south we had several Swim Thru’s and Canyons to enter and exit out unto the Bight Blue Exuma Sound. Cut and Run was next where we enjoyed taking pictures of an anchor that was encrusted with corals and sponges, part of a plane wreck and a very colorful wall with Sponges, Black Corals and Devil Sea Whips. During lunch we made our way back to the Exuma Islands and Crab Mountain. Here we swam around large coral heads that sit next to a sloping wall. Lots of small creatures including Arrow Crabs, Channel Clinging Crabs, Arrow Blennies, Queen Angelfish, Tiger Groupers, Atlantic Spadefish and a large school of Yellowtail Snappers hanging out under the Carib Dancer while we did our safety stop. We finish the day on Barracuda Shoals East. Barracuda Shoals a very large dive site area. This time we sat on the most eastern mooring. Everyone love this place, Slipper Lobsters, Caribbean Spiny Lobsters, Yellow, Southern and Roughtail Stingrays, a couple of Sharks and a Hawksbill Turtle.
Friday December 25th
We started our last day of diving on Lobster No Lobster. Like Barracuda Shoals it’s a very large area with several moorings. We located ourselves on the most western mooring. Guest said it was like being inside an aquarium. Everyone saw lots of tropical fish, Rays, Sharks and a couple of Turtles. Diving here was a very nice way to start the last day. To finish the trip we made one more stop at the Blue Hole. Guest agreed it was an Excellent Way to end a week of already great week. While swimming around and a short distance inside the hole we saw Southern and Roughtail Stingrays, Porcupinefish, Juvenile Flounder, Angelfish, Four Nurse Sharks, and a Huge Loggerhead Turtle that came up close to several guest.
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