Turks & Caicos Aggressor II
30 July – 6 August 2016
Water Temp: 82 - 85 f
Visibility: 80 – 120 Ft
Chris, Demetria, Isiah, Ken, Elijah, Lionel, Tony, Teresa, Genesis, Alena, Jim, Marc, Patty, Christina, Emilio, Mario, Zurine.
Captain – Christy
2nd Captain - Andy
Dive Guide - Michela
Chef – Ailsa
Video Pro – Matt
Instructor – Grant
Sunday –Eel Garden, Amphitheatre - NWPT
Monday - Stairways NWPT, Gullies– West Caicos
Tuesday – Boat Cove, Anchor – West Caicos
Wednesday - Brandywine , magic mushroom – West Caicos
Thursday – Elephant Ear Canyon – West Caicos, - The dome, Northwest Point
Friday – Pinnacles – Grace Bay
its a great Saturday afternoon on Provedenciales, everyone is aboard where introductions are made over snacks and cocktails, once all the safety briefings are complete we head round to eel garden at northwest point while having dinner.
In the morning there is fresh coffee and cooked breakfast prepared for us, after eating our fill we set out on the first dives of the week at eel garden, here we have garden eels pointing the way and a couple of reef sharks escorting us in the distance.
In the afternoon we move to amphitheatre, this site is named for a curved out section of rock in the wall witch has landed in front of the hollow, creating an amphitheatre effect, it has a spectacular wall and an abundance of aquatic life and often the larger creatures can be seen coming in from the deep.
Next morning we dive stairways for the first 2 dives of the day, this is a brilliant site with the local sharks following the group and lots of nooks and crannies for creatures to hide in. After another truly scrumptious lunch we head over to gullies, named so due to having a number of gullies the major one being a very good swim through, we also have a large pregnant resident reef shark we call Sully that normally has up to 5 males with her. The wall here is stunning with plenty of aquatic life moving around their natural surroundings to be viewed and photographed.
In the morning we move to boat cove at West Caicos for the morning dives. We explore boat cove and find slipper lobsters, spotted drums, lionfish, reef sharks, red banded lobsters and a couple of octopus, a fun packed dive, topped off with a fantastic lunch when we come back. After lunch we move down to Spanish anchor, there is a lovely sandy swim through channel here and loads of vibrant corals and sponges, porcupine fish, giant anemones, sea fans, plenty of amazing photo opportunities, this is one of our photo pros favorite sites for guest photos.
While we have breakfast we move over to brandywine and we head out for our fist two dives of the day at here, a beautiful section of wall with the reef shark escort you see at west caicos, we also have a very friendly nurse shark here. There is some abandoned machinery on the shore that is not to far from an abandoned settlement that still has some non-running steam engines there.
Thursday we move up west caicos to elephant ear canyon, a slightly deeper site than most but with amazing vistas off the wall, this is also a great site for juveniles. We were rewarded on these dives with sharks, flapping dingbats and a Pipehorse, a rare find here. After an excellent lunch we move over to the dome, an iconic dive site in Turks and Caicios, home to a large number of french grunts, there is plenty to find here including a resident green moray eel and nurse sharks in the shallows. Once the night dive is complete we have hot coco laced with rum and then turn in ready for another days diving.
Friday morning and as the sun rises we are ready for our first dive, in between the dives we have a great cooked breakfast and watch the video made by our pro of the week, then its time for the last dive of the charter. Once we have completed these we head back into turtle cove and then out into the island for some shopping. In the evening we have a wine and cheese party with lots of fun and laughter and celebrate our divers who increased their knowledge this week, Demetria and Elijah, congratulations on your Advanced, Isaiah and Elijah well done on your EFR, and a super well done to Isiah for passing his rescue course, in spite of everything we did to stop him!
A superb week has been had by all, we look forward to seeing you on the TCI Aggressor II soon.