BAIII Captain’s Log
Jan 7-14, 2017
Sea State: choppy to very rough
Air Temp: 81F
Avg. Water Temp: 79F
Avg. Visibility: 70ft
Steward – Randy
Instructors: Daniel & Jerome
Deck Assts: Jason & Jadiel
Saturday Jan 7, 2017
3:00pm Guests board…Welcome Aboard Chris, Ralph, Theo, Clements, Oliver, Joanna, Monica, Mark & Mark II, Heather, Paul, Brian, Elaine, Kristi, and Lisa.
5:30pm Safety briefing
6:00 Dinner is served!
Sunday Jan 8, 2017
We had a Sunday Funday as our guests spent the day getting to know each other, catching up on sleep after a long day of travelling, joking around, playing games, drinking wine, watching movies, relaxing the hottub, and enjoying Chef Yanis’ great cooking as we waited for a storm to pass.
Monday Jan 9, 2017
Dive Sites: Eel Town & 2 of a Kind
Our dives started on Monday morning as we did our check out dive at Eel town before heading over to 2 of a Kind. Despite steady winds, we had a great first day of diving with sightings of Nurse sharks, an octopus eating indigo hamlet, spotted eels, a giant whiptail stingray, huge lobsters, neck crabs, cleaning stations manned by Pederson shrimps, and schools of parrotfish, blue tangs, grunts, horse-eye jacks, snappers, and Creole wrasse.
Tuesday Jan 10, 2017
Dive Sites: Long Caye Ridge & Julie’s Jungle
Both of today’s dive sites boast amazing sponge life…there are massive barrel sponges, beautiful azure vase sponges, tangled bunches of red rope sponge, and long yellow tube sponges all over both sites. Along with the sponge life is an abundance of marine life, beautiful reefs, and a great wall drop offs. One the sites today, we spotted a large school of barracuda, massive black groupers, schools of bar jacks and horse-eye jacks, and a pair of tarpon. We also found tiny skeleton shrimp and several neck crabs. At the end of the dive we were swarmed by a huge school of Creole wrasse that made us feel like we were being embraced.
Wednesday Jan 11, 2017
Dive Sites: Blue Hole & Silver Caves
Today we finally got to dive alongside a turtle. A hawksbill was cruising by and let our divers get close enough to get some pictures before continuing on about its business. Off the wall we saw a pair of Caribbean Reef sharks, and as we were looking at a neck crab, a huge Eagle Ray glided lazily and gracefully below us. We also saw a free swimming green moray, a pair of peacock flounder, a lined seahorse, and a lettuce sea slug. On the top of the reef it seemed like mating season. The Creole wrasse, parrotfish, Sergeant majors, yellow tail snappers, trunkfish, and black durgeons were all mating…sometimes even pairing up with a fish of a different species.
Thursday Jan 12, 2017
Dive Sites: Chain Wall, Half Moon Caye, & Long Caye Wall
We had more sunshine today and went diving at 3 different dive sites. As soon as we hopped in, we saw some stingrays and a huge barracuda. There were lots of blue parrotfish, and friendly groupers all around. We saw a tiny green turtle and found some slugs in the sand and grass beds. There were also sightings of Eagle rays and Caribbean reef sharks.
Friday Jan 13, 2017
Dive Site: Sandy Slope
Friday morning we hopped in to 150ft + visibility at Sandy Slope. The weather was perfect. Below the surface, we saw a pair of green morays…they may be a new happy couple, because we have been seeing them out free-swimming together several times now. There was also an abundance of colourful reef fish, Creole wrasse, sargassum triggerfish, and groupers. We found some tiny peacock flounder in the sand.
Thank you all for a great week and Hope to see you again soon.
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!!!