Turks & Caicos Aggressor II
10-17 Dec. 2016
Air temperature: 70° - 89° F
Water temperature: 79° - 81° F
Visibility: 50 – 80 feet
Captain: Amanda Smith
Engineer: Rob Smith
Video Pro: Conor Ferrin
2nd Captain: Christy Weaver
Chef: Christy Brown
Al & Jessil, Dan, Peter & Jeanine, Dan#2, Jeff, Georges & Dominique, Jim & Leah, Mike & Alicia and Robert
Sunday – Eel Garden/Black Forest – North West Point
Monday – The Dome – N.W Point / Boat Cove – W. Caicos
Tuesday – Brandy Wine / Magic Mushroom – W. Caicos
Wednesday – Anchor / Gullies – W. Caicos
Thursday – G-Spot / Rock’n’Roll – French Cay
Friday – Dewey’s Delight – French Cay
Saturday afternoon the Turks & Caicos Aggressor II welcomed aboard 14 new guest excited for an excellent week of diving. Once introductions were made, Captain Amanda began to maneuver the boat at to North West Point, while under way guest listened in the general safety brief and enjoyed the first of many delectable meals prepared by Chef Christy before heading down there rooms for a little shut eye before a great week of diving.
On Sunday morning guest enjoyed a nice breakfast then headed out to gather around the camera table to listen in on the general dive briefing, get tanks analyzed and gear set up before jumping into the water for our first two dives at Eel Garden. This site has a large sandy bottom where garden eels are abundant along with flounder and lobster. Divers got an extra special treat at the end of the very first dive with having an Atlantic Manta cruise by. For the second half of the day we moved to Amphitheatre, named for the large cut taken out of the wall and giving the appearance of a concert amphitheater. All along the wall there is tons of black coral where diver were able to find neck crabs and slender filefish.
Monday morning the Aggressor hopped on over to The Dome. A unique dive site where divers explore and swim through the remains of this structure from a reality TV show where people would free dive down into The Dome and try and collect pearls. The show never made it past the pilot season but it did leave an artificial reef with tons of little critters making it home. After two dives here we made the crossing over to West Caicos for a couple of great days of diving with the first dive site at Boat Cove, moored just in front of the small cove of West Caicos.
For Tuesday the T&C Aggressor remained in West Caicos for five more excellent dives first starring at Brandywine, named for all the brandy barrel sponges that cover site. One of the few sloping coral gardens in Turks & Caicos divers enjoyed exploring the site form depths of 45’ to 110’before actually dropping off into a sheer wall again. During yet another mouthwatering lunch prepared by Chef Christy the boat moved over to Magic Mushroom named for the large mushroom shaped rock just off the island that appears and disappears with the rise and fall of the tide. Before heading out to the wall dive stopped by a large coral head known as Lobster Tower with more than 5 lobsters crammed inside a crack.
Wednesday morning we started at Spanish Anchor name for the large 200 year anchor at the end of a swim through where divers posed for some pictures then made their way out along this beautiful wall. Then we hopped back up to Gullies for the three remaining dives. Sully, the resident reef shark, entertained us as she swam through the swim through with us, and her minions were just as curious about us. After we hung out with Sully and her shark crew here the Turks & Caicos Aggressor. Guest came back on aboard for a lovely dinner.
Thursday the crew started the day early and motored the vessel down south to arrive at French Cay by the first dive at G-Spot. This site is known for its coral formation that looks like the letter “G” in its topography. Here several guest were amazed to see a large scalloped hammerhead cruise by just several feet away then just a little later in the dive had a massive eagle ray come in for a quick hello. For the afternoon dive we moved over to Rock’n’Roll. Divers had a great time at this spot throughout the duration of the day and the nurse sharks on the night dive here did not disappoint.
Friday we finished the charter with two dives at Dewey’s Delight, for the strong willed several divers enjoyed an early morning dawn dive and watched as the reef woke up for the day. On the second and very last dive guests got the extra special treat of having two dolphins come and play with divers for ten fantastic minutes. Once everyone was safely accounted for back on the boat it came time to head back to Provo. We settled in for a quiet afternoon and then it’s time for the Sunset Wine and Cheese party.
All and all another amazing week on the Turks and Caicos Aggressor II!!!!!!