Charter 9-16 July 2016
Water temp 84f/30C
Vis 80-100’ Wet suit not required, shorts and rashguard or skin!
Saturday. A great day in Cayman with 16 guests arriving from the A1 Scuba & Travel, Colorado. Some folks new to the Cayman Islands, some folks have been here before. Welcome to all. A BBQ Ribs and Jerk Chicken dinner, a few cold drinks, welcome and safety briefing following the dessert of Rum Cake! A relaxing night ahead – time to set up the cameras, and get some good sleep before a busy day of diving tomorrow.
Sunday. First dive of the week was on the wreck of the Kittiwake in 60’ of water. Everyone brushed off the cobwebs and had a great dive while exploring the wide open hallways and rooms of the once submarine rescue vessel. Divers also spotted a turtle, making it the perfect first dive! Motoring around to the north side seas were calm, a good indication for a smooth crossing to Little Cayman. Stopped in to Stingray City for the most exciting 12ft dive in the world! Kerry even 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. All aboard and we are off to Babylon, a pinnacle with black coral and sponges lavishly decorating it. Next stop…. Little Cayman!
Monday. Arriving at Little Cayman, Randy’s Gazebo was our first dive site and Gail’s 400th Dive! Calm seas and excellent visibility with Chimneys, an Archway, the Wall and ledges, super friendly Groupers and even a Shark. A Loggerhead Turtle made an appearance at the very end of the dive thrilling the lucky few who got to see him. 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 Stingrays, Schooling Jacks, Barracuda, Very Friendly Groupers even an inquisitive Green Moray Eel. The night dive produced some favorites including, Huge Channel Crabs, Lobsters, Feeding Basket Stars and Corals, Beaded Sea Cucumbers, and Lettuce Leaf Sea Slugs. Hot Chocolate was flowing and calls for “Hot Towel!” when divers returned to tell their tales. Another great day for the Cayman Aggressor.
Tuesday. Waking up with the Sun to dive on Lea Lea’s Lookout. As we dropped down to the edge of the wall a small turtle was happily bebobbling around looking for tasty treats, not as all concerned about noisy bubble blowing divers. The round about was busy with Lucy checking us all out (she is a resident grouper) We had incredible visibility with a little current and were treated to Spotted Drums, cleaning stations and another large turtle along the wall, and an even bigger character on top of the reef! 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, crazy Lobsters marching all over the mini wall, Grunts combined with sunshine and a depth of 18’, the colours and life just blow you away. Steak night 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.
Wednesday. Kicking off the day with one great dive on the Wreck – guests were amazed to see where they had been diving the night before. This wreck was completely explored, inside and out!! Turtle Central this morning with turtles waking up, passing over the wreck, stopping by to chow down on a sponge. Once the wreck was covered it was back on board and off back to Little Cayman. Our next stop was Joy’s Joy. A very different section of bloody bay wall, deceptively deep. An old anchor chain hanging mysteriously off the wall, a reef shark, nurse shark, more turtles and filefish everywhere. 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, Channel Crab made for fun photos, very friendly groupers and of course our local reef sharks, Fric, Frac and Fro were out checking us all out. 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. A Goliath Grouper watched us from the Tea Cup, and morning the search was on for ancient anchors embedded in the reef. 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. A logger head passed by just off the wall, just magic. 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 Round Rock and Trinity Caves. A very busy dive with a large Green Moray Eel, a baby turtle, lots of Queen Angel Fish, as we wound our way around the labyrinth of Trinity Caves. 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, it is always fun with A1 Scuba! Congratulations to Jessica and Kerry for completing their Advanced Course this week. Safe travels to all and safe diving. See you all again soon.
Cayman Aggressor IV Crew