Roatan Aggressor Captains Log for July 8-15, 2017.
Saturday: Seventeen guests this week on the beautiful, Roatan Aggressor. Guests from the United States and Trinidad joined us for this weeks adventure in diving the bay islands. Everyone seemed excited as they arrived at the dock. There were some familiar faces from other Aggressor trips and every one was very complimentary on the appearance of the yacht, inside and out.
Almost everyone boarded at 3:30pm, setting up their dive and camera gear. Kicking the week off with tasty BBQ ribs & jerked.
Water Temp: 79- 82 degrees F
Exposure Suit: 3mm full to Board shorts
Sunday: 6am we started the engines and off we went to our first dive site, Eel garden. This beautiful sight is in West Bay. Some of the highlights of this sight were spotted eagle rays, free swimming green morays, secretary blennies, and turtles. We also had the privilege of some massive channel clinging crabs, as well as Spotted Spiny lobsters and Caribbean lobsters. There were several cleaning stations that were abundant with Pederson Cleaning Shrimp, inside and out of large groupers mouths. Next up was Tavianas Wall. Here we were greeted by several turtles, a jr.spotted drum, several sail fin blennies and two sting rays. One of our young guests, Aiden, was surprised by a very friendly trunk fish. The night dive was highlighted by several octopus, crabs and spiny lobster.
Monday: 4am we began our journey to the islands of Cayos Cochinos. This area is known for its beautiful Sea mounts, located several miles off shore. Rising from the sea floor, these beautiful natural structures, offer an abundance of sea life. Upon descending, our guests were greeted by an abundance of nesting triggers. Schools of jacks & bonito were constantly parading by. Danne viewed a free swimming green moray that eventually stopped for some great photos. Large groupers & barracudas patrolled the walls edge looking for their next meal.After a short trip in shore, we stopped at our afternoon dive sight, Toon Town. Named for its abundance of tunicates, this sight is always a favorite for divers. Schools of creole wrasse, spade fish, horse eyed jacks were all in attendance. Crinoid shrimp were spotted by Captain Eddy & Solomon on the wall. Tear drop snapper, grouper and several other species of reef life were seen.The night dive was spectacular. Solomon, James & Jacey saw A huge scorpion fish, several spotted eels, spotted lobster and a very friendly octopus that put on a great show. Back on the boat we had hot chocolate and shared some great pictures of the night dive.
Wednesday: The Wreck of the Odyssey was our first site of the day. What a perfect day in Roatan. Light winds and calm seas greeted our guests as we descended onto this deep water artificial reef. A large grouper checked out our divers as they explored the super structure. Several arrow crabs & banded shrimp were found among the several large sponges on the ship. The afternoon site was Dolphin Cave. Known for its beautiful reef formations and awesome swim thrus, this sight is a guests favorite. Silver sides were seen in the thousands. A pipe fish and sail fin were seen in the shallows on the inside reef. A green moray was spotted under the boat. The night dive was at Eel Garden. Wow…5 octopus! Great night dive to end a great day of diving.
Thursday: After a good nights sleep we moved to the south side of Roatan for the early morning dive at Cara a Cara. Cara a Cara means face to face in Spanish. When you say that and sharks in the same sentence, you know its going to be memorable. Lots of grey reef sharks did exactly that. A great encounter with many of these magnificent animals. Our 2nd sight was the Islands famous, Marys Place. Beautiful swim thrus are the trademark of this awesome sight. The afternoon sight was Pirates Point.
Friday: Our last two dives were At Mr. Bud. A small fishing vessel/wreck, with an abundance of sea life on and around it. A lone eagle ray was seen off the wall. Arrow & decorator crabs were seen on the wreck, as well as, several nudibranchs. Time to go back to the dock while enjoying Chef Dorians wonderful lunches.
Wow, what a week, once again it is over all too quickly. Congratulations to the Elliott family for completing their nitrox courses. A thank you to Solomon Baksh from Blue Magazine for his wonderful insights, and yes, humor. Thanks to all the guests for making the charter a memorable one. Until next time.
Captain & Crew