Bahamas Aggressor Captain’s Log 27 Feb – 5 Mar 2016
Air Temp. 72-78+ F
Water Temp. 74-77 F
Engineer David M.
Dive Master Ramon
Stig, Han (aka Bob), John, Sidsel, Bjorn, Marthe, Roger, Elin, Runar, Charlotte, Ragnhild, Tanja and Lise
Sunday – Periwinkle Reef, Blue Hole, Lobster No Lobster
Monday – Hole In The Wall, Monolith, Cut & Run, Tunnel Rock
Tuesday – Cobia Cage, Cut Thru City, Split Coral Head
Wednesday – Swimming With Pigs, Jeep Reef, Danger Reef
Thursday – Blacktip Wall, Washing Machine, Austin Smith, Plane Wreck
Saturday February 27th
After a long flight from Norway our guest boarded the Bahamas Aggressor in the early evening. After setting up equipment and putting away person things, some guest enjoyed a relaxing evening on the sundeck.
Sunday February 28th
Before the sun was up the Bahamas Aggressor departed her homeport of Elizabeth On Bay for our first dive site Periwinkle Reef. While diving the shallow reef of Periwinkle and adjusting weights and making sure camera equipment was working correctly guest enjoyed seeing, a variety of schooling fish, Stingrays, Angelfish, Nurse Sharks and Head Shield Slugs. Next was the Blue Hole. Normally we dive the Blue Hole on the last dive of the trip but we like mixing it up just a little. We had fantastic dive swimming with Snappers, Grunts, Mackerel, Rays, Silky Sharks and a Huge Loggerhead Turtle. After the Blue Hole we made our way to the Exuma Islands and the dive site Lobster No Lobster. Yes we saw Lobsters and Barracudas, Yellow Rays, Colorful Corals, Caribbean and Nurse Shark. We finish the day on Closemon Reef. There is a huge amount of soft corals on this dive site, so while diving Closemon is like swimming around an underwater garden. Some of the creatures we saw were Shrimps, Crabs, Rays and a Spotted Eel trying to hide.
Monday February 29th
After the night dive on Closemon Reef we made way to the Island of Eleuthera. Hole in the Wall was our first stop. We saw Tiger Groupers one being clean, Nassau Groupers, Rosy Razorfish and Giant Anemone. Monolith Wall is a huge dive site and we could spend several dives here, but today only one. While diving the magnificent we encountered Yellow Tube Sponges, Netted Barrel Sponges, Bushy Sea Whips, Knobby Star Coral, Roughtail Stingrays and Porcupinefish. Next we swam by an Anchor encrusted with Corals and Sponges and part of a small plane to enjoy the dive site called Cut & Run. Besides seeing a variety of Marine Life we also saw Ingo Hamlet and a couple Spotted Moray Eels. Tunnel Rock was where we finish our first day diving of the island of Eleuthera. It was a busy time on Tunnel Rock encountering Yellow Rays, Channel Clinging Crabs, Banded Coral Shrimp, Hawksbill Turtles and Octopus.
Tuesday March 1st
The local marine school on Eleuthera use to raise Cobia. During Hurricane Sandy the Cage was damage but is now repaired. It’s not stocked with Cobia yet but it still makes for a wonderful dive. Located near a Colorful Wall the cage starts around 20 feet deep and goes down to 75 feet and is about 50 feet wide. Some of the Marine Life we saw, huge Midnight Parrotfish, Roughtail Stingrays and Big Amberjack. Cut Thru City is one of my personal favorites dive site. Like me the guest were able to enjoy lots of Swim Thru’s and Canyons as well as a variety of Sea Creatures. And it’s always nice to have a Hawksbill Turtle tag along for most of the dive. Split Coral Head and lots of Caribbean Reef Sharks was our last stop for the day. It’s nice when our guest can enjoy a very colorful wall and huge coral head while having several Caribbean Reef Sharks swim within a couple feet of guest.
Wednesday March 2nd
Today was something different and totally unique when after breakfast guest were taken to a small beach. As we got close to the beach the local greeted us. These locals are pretty special because they would swim out and meet the Bahamas Aggressor guest. What makes these guests so different and special is they are pigs. That’s right swimming pigs in the Bahamas. Our guest from Norway had a lot of fun with pictures and videos. Then after their time on the beach we stayed anchor for a bit so guest could enjoy the clear, calm, warm waters of the Bahamas and Big Major Spot Cove. Jeep Reef was our after lunch dive. Swimming around Jeep Reef is like swimming in your own personal aquarium. Guest swam with lots of Stingrays, Schools of Fish, very Colorful Corals, Filefish, Porcupinefish and Turtles. Everyone wanted more Sharks so for the late afternoon and night dive it was on Danger Reef. Swimming around visiting our guest were Snappers, Jacks, Turtles and Big Caribbean Reef Sharks.
Thursday March 3rd
Our last full day of diving started by enjoying Swim Thru’s and swimming with Mackerel, Caribbean Reef and Blacktip Sharks on Blacktip Wall. Next was a semi-relaxing drift dive called the Washing Machine. Divers enter the water off the Bahamas Aggressor and drift between Oyster Cay and Highborne Cay. While drifting divers can entry the Washing Machine area and get a ride that makes you feel like you been through the spin cycle of a washing machine or they can swim to the side and watch others. After everyone drifted over a very colorful reef called Basketstar were we saw Schools of Snappers, Grunts, Butterflyfish, Tangs, Rays, Filefish and lots of Groupers. The Wreck of the Austin Smith was our first after lunch dive. We always see a variety of Marine Life on the wreck, however everyone’s favorite is all the Sharks. Today we had 13-14 Caribbean Reef Sharks swimming inches away from guest. It was non-stop excitement with all those Sharks swimming so close. We finish this Thursday on the Airplane Wreck off Ship’s Channel Cay. The wreck sits in about 20 feet of water and a huge variety of Marine Life now makes the wreck their home. There are always lots of Rays, Schools of fish, Anemones, small Shrimps and Crabs. We also encountered a Big Octopus under the wing of the plane and under the Bahamas Aggressor it was like Squid Paradise. It’s an Amazing site in only 20 feet of water.
Friday March 4th
Pillar Wall was our last dive site for the week. While diving Pillar Wall we enjoyed watching the reef wake up with a pre-breakfast dive. During the dive on Pillar Wall guest enjoyed swim thru’s and encountered Honeycomb Cowfish, Small Tiger Groupers and several Caribbean Reef Sharks one being a Juvenile.
The Crew would like to Thank Everyone For Joining Us On The Bahamas Aggressor!!
Hope To See Everyone Again Soon…
Bahamas Aggressor Crew