Cayman Aggressor IV
Dec 31st to Jan 7th 2016
Guests Mike & Mannu, Susana & Damian, Stephanie, Barbara, Steven, Stacey, Wendy, Oliver & Cathy, Bertille, Eli, David, Chris, Sameer.
Crew Capt Niall, Engineer Rodel, Chef Kingsley, Deckhand Oneil, Instructors Justin & Aubri.
Water Temp 80f Air Temp 84 to 86f
Exposure protection Rash guard & board shorts or 3mm wet suit.
Saturday By 4pm on the day of 2016 we had all guests on board and Kingsley was busy cooking up a BBQ feast as folks set up gear and unpack bags in readiness for a great week of diving and a fantastic way to ring in the new year.
Sunday A bright Grand Cayman sunrise signal the first day of a brand new year as we headed north from George Town Harbour to the wreck of the Doc Poulson. We spent the morning exploring reef and wreck and near by drop off. We had a couple of very cool turtle encounters as everyone started to get into the grove of this eat sleep dive thing. A delicious subway Sunday lunch was ready for us after such an active mornings diving. For the afternoon and night dive we head to the wreck of the Oro verde and again we had some cool turtle action along with a green moray eel, a delightful spotted drum and even a couple of squid. The night dive at the Oro Verde is always a garden of colour and critters, we had spleeping parrot fish, moray eels, lobster and star of the show was a fearless Octopus out hunting and feeding.
Monday Our day started with the mouth watering aroma of smoked bacon along with blue berry and banana pancakes. We made our to the north west corner of Grand Cayman for 2 morning dives at Round Rock and Trinity Caves. This arguably the best wall site on the west side of Grand Cayman and it definitely lived up to its hype. We had turtles and a very cool eagle ray encounter. The swim thrus at this site are atmospheric and ghostly all at the same time. We weaved our way in and out of the labyrinth of cuts in the wall and out over the deep rich blue. Mexican lunch was the mid day treat from Chef Kingsley today as we made our way to a 2 for the price of 1 dive site deal. Lost Treasure and Spanish Anchor are close enough that we could enjoy both dive sites for the afternoon and night dive. A juvenile trunk fish was a special find along with lobster and flamingo tongue but star of the show for the afternoon was a very friendly nurse shark that spent at least 20 minutes entertaining our happy divers.
Tuesday Another sunrise greeted us as we made our way to the USS Kittiwake for a morning of fantastic wreck, reef & drop off diving. The Kittiwake is a wreck divers dream, it sits in about 50ft of crystal clear water with all kinds of penetration on offer and just nearby there is a sand chute that drifts off out over the blue. We had turtle and eagle ray encounters that just made it a delightful way to spend any Tuesday morning. Kingsley served up an delicious Italian lunch as we made our way round to Sting Ray City for what is arguably the best 12ft dive in the world. We had very clear water and several sting rays that danced and glided for our happy group of divers. We then made our way out east to Babylon for a late afternoon dive on a spectacular wall that got everybody in the mood for Bloody Bay……………….next stop Little Cayman.
Wednesday After a very gentle crossing from Grand Cayman to Little Cayman we awoke to the sweet scent of Kingsley’s French toast. Bloody Bay was flat as ice as we made ready to dive at Bus Stop for the 2 morning dives. To say everyone liked it would be serious understatement, it would be more apt to say everyone feel in love with it. The visibility was at least 110ft and the sheer shallow drop off was a sight to behold. Kingsley served up best cheese burgers a hungry diver could hope for as we made the short hop to Randys Gazebo for a dive that confirmed to all that Bloody Bay is as good as advertised. We then made the short hop to Meadows for a late afternoon dive and twilight dive. Sharks, eagle rays and turtles were the order of the afternoon and as everyone settled into a mouth watering dinner by Chef Kingsley all agreed it was truly a great day of diving.
Thursday Smoked bacon and hash browns scented thru the boat as a bright sunrise woke all from deep and rich slumber. Nancys Cuppa Tea was the chosen site for the morning dives and the ocean was so calm that we could see clear to the bottom while standing on deck and even observed a passing turtle. Off we went for a glorious dive with sharks and turtles and schooling Jacks in visibility that was easily in excess of 100ft. Our final dive in Little Cayman was the Great Wall. The wall at this spot starts at only 10ft in places and drop vertically away to 6000ft. The Great Wall is home to Freddie The Grouper and as always Freddie was the star of the show this afternoon, buddying with the group and posing for photos and so with everyone safely back on board we crank the engines for the return trip to Grand Cayman and it’s a 90 mile journey that was flat as ice and with a sky sparkling with stars.
Friday Our final morning was spent at Neptunes Drop Off and then Eagle Ray Rock and it was a morning that offered all that is good about Cayman Islands diving, sheer walls, friendly turtles a passing eagle and swim thrus. The ocean was still flat calm and the visibility crystal clear. Special mention this week must go to Many, Mike and Stephanie for completed their Wreck Diver specialty with Mike and Manny also doing their Night Diver course. Chris also did the Night Diver course and also did his Nitrox Diver course as did Cathy & Oliver, congrats to all.
And so ended yet another great week on board the Cayman Aggressor and a great way to start the new year.
Happy New Year to All.
Your Cayman Aggressor IV Crew