Charter Date: 10-17 September 2016
Air & Water Temp: 85F/30C
Crew: Capt Kiwi, Kingsley, Rodel, Aubri, Ty
Guests: Mary & Bob, Jeanine & Peter, Sinbad, Phil, Luis, Tony, Carlos, John, Diane, Matt, Joanne, Brittany, Ray, Ray Jnr, John and Ava!
Saturday. We departed Georgetown dock with a full contingent of 18 guests from New Jersey, Boston, New York, Colorado, and Spain for a dinner cruise along the coast of Grand Cayman to start an excellent week of eating, sleeping and diving.
Sunday. Our first dive of the week was the wreck of the Kittiwake and it’s a great dive site to kick off our week. The wreck sits in 60ft of clear, warm Caribbean water and there are always plenty of critters including our resident Eagle Ray! The hunt was on for some macro critters too, Garden Eels and plenty of Jacks made for a great dive. Our next dive site is always the highlight of the week, Stingray City. As we drop the anchor in a shallow area of sand, the Rays swim right up to us and they are hungry! Everyone had a chance to feed them only the best, top grade squid! Some action packed photos and video to was be had, also Mary got a great hicky! Our third site of the day was Hammerhead Hill. An impressive wall, full of Black Coral, sea fans and an array of sponges. Peter and Jeanine came across a Turtle munching on his dinner, and another Eagle Ray delighted photographers. After securing everything above deck we headed off to Little Cayman.
Monday. A beautiful sunrise greeted us as we woke up on Little Cayman’s Bloody Bay Wall. Randy’s Gazebo was our first dive site. Splashing in on top of the wall covered in soft and hard corals, reef fish busy about their business. Dropping down the chimney to be greeted by a Nassau Grouper at the other end, exploring the Gazebo, watching Lobsters and Crabs, in the shallows we were rewarded with two nurse sharks and a turtle, a perfect start to diving Little Cayman. The Meadows was next on the agenda. A Turtle was spotted coming over the wall and a Reef Shark swam by in the distance. Winding our way up a natural chute through the reef, to cruise the shallows back to the boat. Schooling Fish, Stingrays, and more friendly groupers to play with. For the second afternoon dive and night dive we moved back to Bloody Bay Wall to a spot called Marylyn’s Cut. The night dive produced all the usual’s including, Huge Lobsters walking about, an inquisitive Nurse Shark, and 2 Octopus! This was an Excellent Day Of Diving!
Tuesday. Our morning dive site was Lea Lea’s Lookout. A little current this morning, soft corals flowing in the ‘breeze’. A couple of cuts in the wall to wind down and out into the blue, Lucy the Grouper kept us all in check at the ‘round about’, exploring the Great Room to emerge back in 35ft of sunlight and healthy corals. Playing in cleaning stations, finding female lobsters looking after their eggs and a Nurse Shark snoozing under a ledge! Must be time for a delicious Italian lunch and siesta we geared up for two dives on 3 Fathom Wall/The Mixing Bowl, where Bloody Bay Wall topography meets the Jackson Bight craggly wall. Today we had incredible visibility and a slight current which seemed to bring out large schools of fish at the split. Up in Macro Land it was a photographer’s delight with Mantis Shrimp scurrying about, Yellow Headed Jawfish, and even a Scorpion Fish resting on a nearby rock. We cruised during dinner over to Cayman Brac for the night dive enjoying the sunset on the way. Once again the USS Keith Tibbetts did not disappoint. There were four Octopi, two Beaded Sea Cumbers, Eels, Slipper Lobster, Cowrie, and Glassy Eyed Sweepers out and about.
Wednesday. We spent the morning on the Capt Keith Tibbetts 356 – the Russian Built Koni Class Frigate. Exploring this wreck fully inside and out, plenty of pictures and video were taken around the bridge and stern gun. The surrounding reef delighted us with a friendly turtle, letting us hang out and help him look for tasty snacks! After exploring the Russian Destroyer we made a slow cruise during lunch back to Little Cayman and our afternoon dive site Bus Stop. Believed to be one of the best dive sites in the Caribbean! Golden Coney’s, Queen Angelfish, Sleeping Stingrays, Lobsters, swim throughs, turtles, and Reef Sharks out over the wall. But let’s not be forgetting the Sailfin Blennies also Eagle Rays…. Not one, not two but three eagle rays, with Matt in close pursuit!
Thursday. A full house this morning for the Dawn Dive! Great to see everyone so keen for an early dive on Nancy’s Cup of Tea. Yes we had sharks coming in to see what was going on that early, black corals, a few Lionfish, groupers waking up. It was awesome to watch the reef waking up, as were the divers, and to top it off some historic anchors embedded in the reef. What a great way to start the day and somehow breakfast tasted even better. The Great Wall was our final site in Little Cayman. This is the Best wall dive in the Caribbean, if not the world. We love the sheer drop off and the bright sunlight giving such vibrant colour to the top of the wall, cleaning stations and of course and meeting Freddy and his group of friendly Groupers!
Friday. After crossing back to Grand Cayman, we arrived at Round Rock/Trinity Caves. A fun dive winding down and around and through all the canyons, tunnels and pinnacles! Watch for lobsters spying out of their cubby holes! Devils Grotto was our last dive of the week and is always a favorite. Swim thru’s, caves, cracks and crevices were there for the exploring. Again because it wasn’t a deep dive everyone had lots of time underwater to end a great week of diving on the Cayman Aggressor IV.
We can’t believe it is Friday once again, all too soon it is time for the cocktail party and farewell toasts. You have all been a great group above and below the water, thanks for keeping it Fun and Safe. We had a few “Man Overboard Drills”, thanks for helping to keep the crews skills sharp! Thank You all for a great week of diving, we saw it all. This really is the best place for Eating, Sleeping and Diving.
See you all again next time!
Cayman Aggressor IV Crew.