Log Date: Saturday, Apr 30, 2016
Entry By: Turks & Caicos Aggressor Crew
Turks & Caicos Aggressor II
30 April – 7 May2016
Water Temp: 80 - 82 f
Visibility: 60 – 160 Ft
Guests: Eric, Anitra, Jodi, Michael, Doak, Cyndi, Lance, Michael, Emily, Chris, Cassidy, GC, Sean, Dylan, Eugene, Chris & Ian
Captain – Amanda
Engineer - Rob
Chef – Ailsa
Video Pro – Troy
Instructor – Grant
Sunday –Eel Garden, Amphitheater- NWPT
Monday – Boat Cove, Magic Mushroom – West Caicos
Tuesday – White face, Gullies – West Caicos
Wednesday - Rock & Roll, G-Spot - French Cay
Thursday – Elephant Ear Canyon – West Caicos, the Dome Northwest Point
Friday – Pinnacles – Grace Bay
Its a beautiful Saturday in Turks and Caicos, Providenciales where we meet everyone and welcome them aboard the vessel. Snack and drinks are handed out and everyone gets acquainted. We give the briefings and get underway round to Northwest point whilst dinner is served.
In the morning we are moored at Eel Garden, a lovely site with a nice big sandy area for getting all the kinks and adjustments sorted out. We do a couple of dives here investigating along the wall along to the Crack swim through, everyone gets their equipment in line and has a great time checking out the top of the reef. After a fantastic lunch we move to Amphitheater for the rest of the days diving. This site is outstanding with a hollowed out section of the wall down at 65 foot, this hollow is a wonderful section with myriad crustacean to be found, arrow-line crabs, Red banded lobsters, Colette crabs are some of the harder to spot, there are a number of cleaning stations here to and the colors on the walls are vibrant under artificial light. The night dive here transpires to be the first for a few of our guests, who all come back hooked on the fun of night diving.
For the next few days of diving we moved to West Caicos and Boat Cove, a great site with large golden tailed Moray Eel in residence. There are lots of coral heads on the top of the wall here inter-spaced with sandy areas a great mixture for the vast range of life to be found here. The new site is also great for coral heads and sand patches but more densely populated with coral heads, the wall is stunning here and Lobster tower lives up to its name, The fluorescent Night diving here is outstanding with plenty of luminescent life to be picked up .
After a good nights rest its time for some more swim through sites, so we move to White face, a beautiful area with a great chute into the abyss that has an old Spanish Anchor embedded in the chute wall, an awesome site for fantastic colorful photos and lots to explore along the mantle. After a superb lunch everyone has had so much fun in the morning we go to Gullies another great chute area with a big chute that comes out into a large a egress in the wall where the Reef sharks will normally hang out in numbers, most of the time with one of the largest shark denizens in the area Sully. We stay here for the afternoon and evening enjoying hanging with the local sharks here.
We head off early to French Cay in the morning and moor up during breakfast ready for the 1st dive at Rock & Roll. The sites here at French Cay are a bit shallower on top of the wall but have stunning sheer walls to explore too, these sites are in pristine condition being less visited and have a wonderful array of life to observe and interact with. We move over to G-Spot at lunch time, the next site down, still fantastic diving and a whole new section of the wall to explore, there is so much here with hidden treasures to be found in almost every coral head, not to mention the resident Nurse Sharks that are here for all the dives, especially the night dive where they all come out to play. After the night dive hot coco and cream rum, its an early night, as everyone is ready for the morning dive back at West Caicos.
We are at Elephant Ear Canyon. This is a great site, the mantle and sand areas at the top are great for finding the young of species and the wall is stunning with vast canyons disappearing off into the abyss. We have a couple of awesome dives here and then while having lunch we move over to North west point for one of the iconic dive sites here, the dome.
We set up at the dome for the afternoon dives have some diner and then enjoy the night dive here too. This is a wonderful dive area, there is something for everyone, shallow areas for good natural light, the dome itself for swimming through and seeing various lives that will take root on a structure that is left. Within easy distance is the wall for those that want to go deeper and along there is a fantastic vertical gully called the Chimney. After finishing the hot chocolate provided for completing the night dive we settle in for the night and get ready to move to Grace Bay in the morning.
Friday morning and we moor up to pinnacles at Grace Bay, the water is smooth like a mirror and the visibility is incredible, we have the final 2 dives of the charter here and then we head back into Turtle Cove. In the evening we have a wine and cheese party reminiscing over the amazing time we have just had, awards for special feats are handed out and there is much laughter and merriment.
A fantastic week on the TCI Aggressor II, We hope to see you here soon.