*Roatan Aggressor Captains log 10-17th June 2017
*Air Temp. 82-89 F
*Water Temp. 81-83 F
* Visibility 70-100ft
* Wetsuit req. 3mm full or shortie
Captain Eddie Anderson
Master Chef Ricardo
Engineer John B
Don and Carla Bellew, Victor and Beth Perez, Robert and Teresa Tuten, John, Lisl and Natalie Gapinski, Ken and Brady Avalos, Shirley Ortman, Wensi You, Bruce Read, Alyssa Power, Christina Klemme, Sam Schinazi, and Mari Quiroga
Sunday – Eel Garden, Black Rock
Monday – Wreck of The Aguila, Taviana Wall
Tuesday – Wreck of The Odyssey, Dolphins Cave, Spooky Channel Wall
Wednesday – Bears Den, Blue Channel Wall
Thursday – Cara A Cara, Mary’s Place, Mr. Bud’s Wreck
Friday – Cara A Cara, Missing Link
Saturday June 10th
After an unbelievable initial charter on the new Roatan Aggressor last week, we were extremely anxious and excited to continue our journey by reuniting with long time friends/dive buddies, and meeting new underwater adventurers from different corners of the globe. We were able to explore several new dive sites this week, over every part of the gorgeous Roatan Bay Island. After welcoming our new guests with a fantastic meal from Chef Ricardo and some local beers and wine, we all settled in for a good nights rest in order to hit it hard early Sunday morning!
Sunday June 11th
We began our adventure with a short commute to the calm waters of West Bay. Our first site was Eel Garden, which is a perfect place to get reunited with the 85 degree water. As if to say hello, a massive school of creole wrasse cruised by everyone as we descended. We knew then it was going to be a great week! Throughout two dives here, we encountered Eagle Rays, Spotted Drums, Midnight Blue Parrotfish, and several small shrimps. We spent the afternoon in West Bay as well, at a site called Black Rock, spending our time with large groupers, spotted and green morays, as well as two extremely inquisitive turtles. Our first full day did not disappoint, with the sun warm, the food hot, and the marine life abundant!
Monday June 12th
Today was christened with a pre-breakfast dive on one of the crews favorite wrecks, The Aguila. This is a large ship that was purposely sunk several years ago for divers, and over the years and after many storms, has broken up to create a plethora of hiding spots for our favorite underwater creatures. Large groupers and barracuda surrounded us throughout the dive, highlighted with a herculean channel clinging crab feeding inside of the ship. We then headed South to a dazzling reef called Taviana Wall. This healthy stretch of coral provided free swimming green morays, eagle rays, flounders, and neck crabs. The day was accentuated by our night dive, which starred 3 feeding octopus, and a sleeping nurse shark! What luck!
Tuesday June 13th
Chef Ricardo, with the stars still sparkling, starts to prepare breakfast for us, waking us with the wafts of bacon and blueberry pancakes that he sends slowly floating by our bunks. We head to another famous wreck on Roatan, The Odyssey. We traversed the inside of this massive freighter, spotting blennies, arrow crabs, and a multitude of red-banded coral shrimp long the way. We then cruised further North, to undeniably one of Roatan’s best dive sites, Dolphins Caves. A shallow reef with several cuts, caves and chutes leading into the deeper water, thousands of silversides were in abundance with jacks, tarpon and snappers enjoying a feast. After a brilliant dive, we returned South, where we had a magnificent drift dive over Spooky Channel Wall. This exquisite dive included several large schools of horse-eyed jacks and creole wrasse, as well as three turtles, and a pair of eagle rays spreading their wings over the wall.
Wednesday June 7th
With a stunning sunrise guiding us to the West side of the island, we made the short run to a site called Bears Den. Here, we encountered a profusion of pederson cleaning shrimp, Caribbean lobsters, and sergeant majors . The sponge life was prolific, and varied in color as the sun shined down on us. After another brilliant lunch from Ricardo, we pulled up to a mooring along the Blue Channel. Here, we explored new terrain, accompanied by large groupers, tarpon, and barracuda. Coral encrusted drop offs and cut throughs gave us a “choose your own adventure” type of afternoon! What a way to spend the day!
Thursday June 8th
A crystal clear morning, with the mainland vivid in the distance, gave us insight to what kind of a day we would have today. We started on the South side of the island, at a fantastic site named Cara A Cara. Our fins had barely touched the water before two large Caribbean Reef Sharks came to check us out! Apparently they sent word that we were amazing, because as we drifted along the wall, a seemingly countless number of their shark friends came to play! They bobbed and weaved through our divers, truly showing why the site is translated to “Face to Face!” After this spectacular start to the day, we continued to one of Roatan’s most famous sites, Mary’s Place. This large pinnacle gives divers a chance to explore a variety of different swim throughs, with just about every hole leading to another part of the coral. Our afternoon was enjoyed at an amazing site for macro creatures, called Mr. Bud’s Wreck. Here we were fortunate enough to find loads of Mantis Shrimp, Squat Lobsters, Snapping Shrimp, and several Yellow-headed Jawfish with eggs!
Friday June 9th
With two dives left before heading back to Romeos dock, the guests all decided that they wanted another dive at Cara A Cara with the sharks! We popped in, and immediately were surrounded by 5 “men in grey suits.” The dive did not disappoint, with at least 5 more sharks coming through on our excursion. We finished off our week with an epic drift dive from Missing Link to 40 ft point, then over to Valley of the Kings. There was a leisurely current that allowed us to float effortlessly across this gorgeous reef, illuminated by the sparkling sun. We headed from there to the dock, where we spent the afternoon washing our gear and preparing for the cocktail party!
Saturday June 10th
With a tear in the eye, we say good-bye to our new friends. It was an amazing time together, with a lot of laughter and joyful experiences. We had many things to celebrate this week, such as the 20th anniversary of Mari and Sam! Ken decided to continue his education with a wreck diving speciality, and we had two new converters to the green gas of Nitrox, in Natalie and Brady! We had # iron divers this week, congratulations ……. We look forward to seeing each other again, either on this Aggressor, or another one within the fleet! What are you waiting for? C’mon down!!!
Until next time, your Crew on the Roatan Aggressor!