Bahamas Aggressor Captain’s Log 9-16 April 2016
Air Temp. 77-84+ F
Water Temp. 75-78 F
Engineer David M.
Dive Master Ramon
Chef David P.
Bob, Reginald, Tony, Barrett, Kathleen, Timothy, James, Eric, Ed, Gregory, Marjorie, Cat, Jody and Craig
Sunday – Plane Wreck, Lobster No Lobster, Flat Rock Reef
Monday – Hole In The Wall, Monolith, Knucklehead
Tuesday – Cut & Run, Tunnel Rock, Cut Thru City, Split Coral Head
Wednesday– Swimming Pigs, Jeep Reef, Danger Reef
Thursday – Blacktip Wall, Austin Smith, Pillar Wall, Barracuda Shoals
Friday – Blue Hole
Saturday April 9th
In the early afternoon guest boarded the Bahamas Aggressor. Once our guest were settled in we departed our home dock of Elizabeth On Bay (aka., yoga dock) and made way to the Northern Exuma Islands.
Sunday April 10th
First Dive of the wonderful week in the Bahamas was a small Plane Wreck just of off Ship Channel Cay. The Plane sits in about 20’ of water, surround by a multitude of Marine Life. Just a few of what we encountered were Giant Anemone, Groupers, Schools of Snappers and several types of Crabs. It was an excellent place for the first dive. Lobster No Lobster was next and yes we saw Lobsters. Several Caribbean Spiny Lobsters were found as well Red-Tipped Sea Goddess, Stingrays and Caribbean Reef Shark. We finished our first day on Flat Rock Reef. I think for the Northern Exuma’s we may have had the largest schooling of Snappers and Grunts in one area. We also saw Yellow, Southern and Roughtail Stingrays, Large Channel Clinging Crabs and lots of Lobsters.
Monday April 11th
We started our Monday diving Hole In The Wall off the Island of Eleuthera. Guest enjoyed a large Swim Thru, Black Coral, Colorful Sponges and a couple of Hawksbill Turtle. The Huge Wall of Monolith was our pre lunch and after lunch dive site. There’s so much to see at this dive site we could have stayed all day. Before going off to explore more of the dive site in the area, we saw Queen Triggerfish, Queen Angelfish, Tigers and Nassau Groupers and more Turtles. Knucklehead was our late afternoon and night dive. Divers were very busy underwater trying to logged all what they saw. Some of the marine life, Rays, Huge Amberjacks, Bulb Tunicates, Intermediate African Pompano and Giant Basket Stars.
Tuesday April 12th
For the first dive we explored the dive site called Cut & Run. We saw a large Anchor Wedge into the top of the wall encrusted with Colorful Marine Life, parts of a small plane and a very colorful wall. We also encountered Banded Coral Shrimp, Arrow Blennies, Juvenile Spotted Drum and a pair of Hawksbill Turtles. Tunnel Rock was next swimming through a Coral Farm, Stingrays, Shrimps, Crabs and lots of Yellowhead Jawfish a couple with eggs in the mouth. After lunch it was time to enjoy all the Canyons and Swim Thru’s of Cut Thru City. We finished the day swimming with Caribbean Reef Sharks on Split Coral Head. While enjoying all the Sharks around us we also was able to see Pufferfish, Roughtail Stingrays, Schools of Jacks, Huge Blue Parrotfish and a Loggerhead Turtle.
Wednesday April 13th
It was one of those we can only do that here in the Bahamas moment this morning. After a wonderful breakfast we made our way to the beach at Big Major Spot and enjoyed some time Swimming with Pigs! That’s right we went to the beach and the Pigs swam out to us. After guest enjoyed some down time swimming around the Bahamas Aggressor before making our way to the next dive site Jeep Reef. Diving Jeep Reef today was Amazing! The water was Very Clear. As soon as we entered the water several Huge Caribbean Spiny Lobsters were walking on the sandy areas between the colorful coral heads. These Lobsters were at least two feet in length. We took lots of colorful pictures of coral and fish, several guest saw a nice Green Turtle. As one guest said, too much stuff to try and see. To finish our day we headed to Danger Reef. As soon as we pulled up to the mooring a few Caribbean Reef Sharks swam right up to the Bahamas Aggressor. That was a nice welcome from the locals. Diving Danger Reef with the Sharks and other Marine Life like Painted Tunicate, Giant Hermit Crab, Atlantic Thorny-Oyster and Caribbean Spiny Lobster, Spotted Spiny Lobster and Regal Slipper Lobster.
Thursday April 14th
We started the day at Blacktip Wall swimming with Cero Mackerel, Caribbean Reef Sharks and Hawksbill Turtle. Everyone wanted to see more harks and the best place for Sharks in the Northern Exuma’s is The Wreck Of The Austin Smith. Here we enjoyed Huge Black Groupers, Nassau and Tiger Groupers, Angelfish and lots of Caribbean Reef Sharks coming close to divers, sometimes as close as a few inches. We wanted one more wall dive before the day was done. For that last wall we stopped at Pillar Wall where we swam near Lobsters, Rays, Triggerfish and more Sharks. Barracuda Shoals was where we finish the day. We encountered Nurse Sharks, Honeycomb Cowfish, Sharpnose Puffers, Porcupinefish, Burrfish, Slipper Lobster, Octopus, a pair of Green Turtles and Hawksbill Turtle.
Friday April 15th
We finished a week of Excellent Diving on the Bahamas Aggressor by visiting the Blue Hole. While diving the Blue Hole we enjoyed seeing Keeltail Needlefish, Schools of Snappers, Grunts, Several Angelfish, Nurse Sharks and Octopus was just some of the Marine Life Around the Blue Hole.
The Crew Would Like To Thank Everyone For Joining Us On The Bahamas Aggressor!!!
Until The Next Time Safe Travels…
Bahamas Aggressor Crew