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Turks & Caicos Aggressor II
27 August – 3 September 2016
Water Temp: 82 - 85 f
Visibility: 80 – 120 Ft
Debbie, George, Josh, Rick, Fran, Jen, Tim, Leo, Barb, Lanston, Molly
Captain – Christy
2nd Captain - Andy
Chef – Matt
Photographer – Troy
Instructor – Grant
Instructor _ Jess
Sunday –Eel Garden, Amphitheatre - NWPT
Monday - The Dome NWPT, Boat Cove– West Caicos
Tuesday – Anchor, Brandywine – West Caicos
Wednesday - Gullies, Driveway – West Caicos
Thursday – Elephant Ear Canyon – West Caicos, - Stairways, Northwest Point
Friday – Pinnacles – Grace Bay
Its a lovely Saturday afternoon on Provedenciales, everyone is aboard, where introductions are made over snacks and cocktails, once all the safety briefings are complete we have a wonderful 3 course Beef Tenderloin dinner prepared by our awesome Chef, before settling in for the night ready to head round to eel garden at northwest point with the 1st light.
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 such as the wonderful yellow Frogfish we found along the wall. Often the larger creatures can be seen coming in from the deep here, a great site.
Monday morning and we move over to the dome, an iconic dive site in Turks and Caicos, 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. We also get to dive the next site over, The Chimney a lovely vertical swim through in the wall an easy swim from the dome. After this we have lunch and head to West Caicos and boat cove, we have some great dives here with the resident reef sharks, lion fish, spotted drums, plenty of jacks and snappers, the reef is looking extremely healthy and we even get a visit from a pod of 5 dolphins of various ages.
Tuesday 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. After lunch we move over to Brandywine and we have 2 afternoon dives and an amazing night dive 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 helps to find the dive site.
In the morning 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 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. We move during lunch to driveway, a site that has only recently had a mooring ball re-attached, a beautiful site with beautiful deep vistas and plenty to see for the night dive.
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 Pipe horse, a rare find here. Whilst having an excellent lunch we move to northwest point and dive stairways for the afternoon dives and the a great night dive, we have lots of spotted drums on this dive, this is a brilliant site with the local sharks following the group and lots of nooks and crannies for creatures to hide in.
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 the wonderful week.
A superb week has been had by all; we look forward to seeing you on the TCI Aggressor II soon.