Charter 25 June – 2 July 2016
Water temp 29C/84F Air Temp 80s
Vis 80-100ft Shorts and Rashguard, or 3mm shortie wetsuit.
Saturday, a great day in Cayman with 17 guests arriving from the United Kingdom, Canada and United States. A couple of familiar faces in Sherri & Craig, Carl and Diana. A BBQ Ribs and Jerk Chicken dinner on the sun deck while we awaited the arrival of John from the UK. Once all were aboard we headed out, along the coast of Grand Cayman heading for West Bay, Seven Mile Beach. A great start to what is going to be an awesome week of diving.
Sunday. First dive of the week was on the wreck of the Doc Poulson, in 50’ of water. Everyone brushed off the cobwebs and had a great dive. Everyone explored the small little tug style boat covered in sponges and soft corals, a turtle added to a perfect first dive, some folks ventured out to the wall whilst others cruised the shallows. A short hop over to the Wreck of the Kittiwake. On the wreck there’s plenty of places to explore and everyone was able to get lots of bottom time as the deepest part of the Kittiwake is only 60 feet. Being purpose sunk for divers she is a delight to explore. A goliath grouper made an appearance, followed by a horde of divers, she moseyed into the interior of the ship – vanishing! Motoring around to the north side to Yummy lunch and a quick trip inside the sound to drop anchor on Sting Ray City. This seems to be the highlight for most everyone on the trip. Christian got an impressive lasting souvenir! Beautiful Stingrays swim right up to us looking for some wonderful tasting squid. It’s an experience not to be missed. One last jaunt along the coast to famous Babylon. Key feature here being the pinnacle we spiral our way around, a curtain of black corals, a free swimming moray eel and rivers of Wrasse streaming along the wall. All aboard and we are off… Little Cayman here we come.
Monday. Randy’s Gazebo was our first dive site. Calm seas and excellent visibility partly due to an unusual current, with Chimneys, an Archway, the Wall and ledges, super friendly Groupers and Turtles, lobsters and massive crabs, another eel, a nurse shark, the colour and abundant life that makes Bloody Bay Wall so incredible awed our new comers! It was a wonderful way to start our first day of diving in Little Cayman. The Meadows was next dive site of the day. At the Meadows we had close encounters with, Sharks, Schooling Jacks, Turtles, Barracuda, and of course our very Friendly Groupers. The guys had fun discovering chutes and swim throughs under the reef, and the night dive produced all the usual’s including, Huge Channel Crabs, Sleeping Turtles, Lobsters, Squid, Slipper Lobsters, Feeding Basket Stars and Corals.. oh and did we mention Octopus!
Tuesday. Good morning and welcome to Lea Lea’s Lookout. We enjoyed Crevices that run from 30ft and out to the wall at 100ft! We had good visibility, no current and were treated to Spotted Drums, cleaning stations, turtles and a Sea Horse! Tho we are lacking photographic evidence. An Eagle Ray showed up for Eric and the largest puffer fish you have ever seen! After a short ride we enjoyed world famous 3 Fathom Wall/The Mixing Bowl. Surprised by Stingrays sleeping in the sand, unseen until the last minute! Yellow Headed Jaw fish and plenty of schooling Mahogany Snappers, Bermuda Chubs, Grunts combined with sunshine and a depth of 18’, the colours and life just blow you away. Steak night and Tiramisu, aboard the CAIV and a cruise over to Cayman Brac for a Night Dive on the Wreck of the Capt. Keith Tibbetts, 356, Koni Class Russian Built Frigate!!! Awesome. Big Happy Birthday to Jeanette!
Wednesday. Kicked off the day with a couple of dives on the Wreck – guests were amazed to see where they had been diving the night before. This wreck was completely explored, inside and out!! Some more than others – Clay was spotted with his legs hanging out of many openings on the wreck. Burgers on the Sundeck and a cruise back to Little Cayman. Back on Bloody Bay Wall and Donna’s Delight. Another nice turtle feeding, heading East along the wall to a crack in the reef, swimming into the darkness to pop out on top of the wall! Just a beautiful dive. Last site of the day - Bus Stop. Always a favourite dive of the week, Swim Thru’s down sandy chutes out on to the wall, Sailfin Blennies and Yellow Headed Jaw Fish played up to the cameras. A Large Green Moray sharing a crack with a Channel Crab, lots of great shark action and our local large Barracudas stalking their prey! Finishing up the day with a Dusk Dive, dinner a drink and early to bed, as tomorrow we start at 6am!
Thursday. Nancy’s Cup of Tea was our early morning dive. This is an absolutely superb dive site. The wall is vertical with huge colorful sponges. Some local Sharks were also up early to meet us on the wall, and a massive Eagle Ray!! So Majestic, and so large she made the Sharks look small. She didn’t stay long, we got so carried away hanging out with the sharks that the search for ancient anchors embedded in the reef anchor hunting will have to wait for the next dive! Last but not by any means least, the Great Wall of Bloody Bay! The perfect dive to say farewell to Little Cayman. This immense expanse of wall and never ending blue water in truly a site to behold. Placid turtles transiting along the wall, great photos, and of course the Godfather of the reef – Freddy the Nassau Grouper. Everyone had the chance to meet and greet with Freddy. Happy hour and off back to Grand Cayman, Turkey Dinner on the way.
Friday, After the late night crossing back to Grand Cayman our first dive of the morning was the Devils Grotto was our last dive of the week and is always a favorite. Swimthroughs, Caves, Cracks and Crevices were there for the exploring. Along with Tarpon, a nurse shark and turtle action – spectacular!!! It wasn’t a deep dive so everyone had lots of time underwater to end a great week of diving on the Cayman Aggressor IV, still the Best place for Eating, Sleeping and Diving. Thanks for a great week, and congratulations Diana, John, Bobby and Tom for completing their and Nitrox Certification. Safe travels to all and safe diving. See you all again soon.
Cayman Aggressor IV Crew