Turks & Caicos Aggressor II
23 – 30 July 2016
Water Temp: 82 - 85 f
Visibility: 80 – 120 Ft
Sue, Eric, Geoff, Steve, Tim, Jim, Liz, Mike, Julia, Rob, Linda, Darryll, Chris, Karen, Bob, Gordon, Vicky.
Captain – Amanda
2nd Captain - Christy
Engineer - Rob
Chef – Ailsa
Video Pro – Matt
Instructor – Grant
Sunday –Eel Garden, The Dome - NWPT
Monday – Amphitheatre – NWPT, Boat Cove – West Caicos
Tuesday – Anchor, Brandywine – West Caicos
Wednesday - Driveway , Gullies – West Caicos
Thursday – Elephant Ear Canyon – West Caicos, Stairways - Northwest Point
Friday – Pinnacles – Grace Bay
its a lovely Saturday afternoon on Provedenciales, having anchored out in grace bay due to an early tide, we collect everyone from the dockside and ferry them to the main vessel where introductions are made over snacks and cocktails, once all the safety briefings are complete we head round to eel garden at northwest point whle 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. 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.
Monday morning 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 ofter the larger creatures can be seen coming in from the deep. Whilst we have lunch we move to boat cove at West Caicos for the afternoon and night dive. We explore boat cove for the 3 last dives, on the night dive we find, slipper lobsters, spotted drums, lionfish, reef sharks, red banded lobsters and a couple of octopus, a fun packed dive, topped off with a warm towel and hot coco.
The next morning 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. During lunch we move over to brandywine and have 3 excellent dives here and after the second dive we celebrate in true TC Aggressor II style Darryls 1500th and Vickys 200th dives by making them cakes.
Wednesday morning, after plenty of coffee and a hearty breakfast, we head out for our fist two dives of the day at driveway, a beautiful section of wall with the reef shark escort you see at west caicos, we also have a very friendly nurse shark here. For extra fun in between the the morning dives we explore yankee town on the island, an abandoned settlement that still has some non-running steam engines there. 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.
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 Seahorse, a rare find here.
During lunch we move back to northwest point and settle into stairways for the last 3 dives of the day, this is a brilliant site with the local sharks folowing the group and lots of nooks and crannies for creatures to hide in, on the night dive we find a large array of creatures, including snake eels, spotted drums, an octopus, we also had some fun feeding some blood worms to the coral. After the night dive we move to shark hotel ready for a dawn dive.
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.
A superb week has been had by all, we look forward to seeing you on the TCI Aggressor II soon.