*Roatan Aggressor Captains log August 19-26 August 2017
*Air Temp. 84-88 F
*Water Temp. 83-85 F
* Visibility 70-100ft
* Wetsuit req. Rash gaurd, 3mm full, or shortie
Captain Eddie Anderson
Master Chef Dorian
Engineer John B
Sunday – Eel Garden, Tavianas Wall
Monday – El Aguila, Half Moon Bay Wall
Tuesday – Cayos Cochins Sea Mounts, Toon Town
Wednesday –Cara A Cara, Marys Place, Mr. Buds Wreck
Thursday – Cara A Cara, Marys Place, Mr. Buds Wreck
Friday – Pirates Point
Saturday August 19th
The great times keep on rolling here on the Roatan Aggressor! After yet another legendary week of diving in the Bay Islands, we are extremely anxious and excited for some of our long-time friends to join us this week as part of the Mike and Mike Camera Week! The camera table is chalk full of large rigs, eager to capture every moment of our spectacular diving!
Sunday August 20th
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. Straight away, a turtle made an appearance, and the cameras started flashing, followed closely by a massive school of creole wrasse cruised by everyone as we descended. We knew immediately that 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 traveled a short distance for the afternoon to Tavernas Wall. Here we spent 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 August 21st
The engines fire up early, and we make our way to one of our favorite wrecks, El Aguila. This large wreck, that has been broken into 3 sections over the years from storms, offers a fantastic penetration wreck site, which includes a plethora of minuscule creatures covering a large mast on the bow. Neck crabs, bearded fireworks, and arrow crabs are among some of the most popular found. However, the highlight of the second dive, was when one of our guests, Mike Haber, asked a good friend and previous employee of Aggressor, Patty, to marry him! Of course she said yes, and with her mask filling with tears, he put a ring on her finger!!! Next, we head to West End, at a site called Half Moon Bay Wall. This has been one of a kind for the past few weeks, as we have had a nomadic red-nosed bat fish camping out. Everyone patiently waited their turn to get a shot of this beautiful creature, followed by yellow-headed jawfish holding eggs, mantis shrimp, and several turtles. What an amazing day!
Tuesday August 22nd
We woke up early to a surprise of a break in the wind, so we jumped on this opportunity to shoot over to Cayos Cochinos. We spent two beautiful morning dives on the sea mounts, surrounded by large schools of barracuda, jacks, and creole wrasse. We then made our to a breath-taking site in a cove right up against a beautiful, jungle filled island, called Toon Town. This site is known for its array of tunicates, as well as some large tarpon that were passing by. The highlight of the afternoon, however, was a gargantuan Goliath Grouper cruising in for everyone to see! He was as large as a small car, and was patiently still for everyone to snap a quick picture of this beast!
Wednesday August 23rd
Chef Dorian, 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 a very famous dive on Roatan, Cara A Cara, where Caribbean Reef Sharks are commonly found. 9 of these beautiful sharks spent the entire dive circling and posing for the cameras. Our next dive was to Mary’s Place, a legendary site on Roatan, which has several swim throughs, and even a sea horse! Our afternoon was spent at Mr. Buds Wreck, which has a great combination of macro and wide angle shots. Red-banded coral shrimp and squat lobsters covered the sand, and a massive school of silversides dodged the incoming swoops of large snappers inside the wheelhouse of this wreck. Our night dive was highlighted by a massive green moray hunting in our lights for the duration of our underwater experience!
Thursday August 24th
Due to popular demand after everyone had a chance to look at their photos from the previous day, we redid our route from the day before. The sharks did not dissapoint, as well as the silversides were still active at Mr. Buds. Everyone left extremely satisfied with the pictures they had :-)
Friday August 25th
With two dives left before heading back to Romeos dock, we went to Pirates Point, a site highlighted by an overturned bulldozer that has become home to several large groupers and snappers. This machine sits on the edge of a great wall, where eagle rays cruised by in formation. What an amazing way to end the week!
Saturday August 26th
With a tear in the eye, we say good-bye to our friends. Thank you to Mike and Mike for their continued support and entertainment, and it was great to see them again! A special congratulations is owed to Mike and Pat, may the rest of your lives together be filled with adventures with the Aggressor! 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!!!