*Roatan Aggressor Captains log Sept. 23-30, 2017
*Air Temp. 82-89 F
*Water Temp. 81-83 F
* Visibility 70-100ft
* Wetsuit: 3mm full, shortie, skin
Sunday – Tavianna’s Wall, Eel Garden, Half Moon bay
Monday – Cayos Cochinos Sea Mount, Toon Town, Spanish Bay
Tuesday – Black Hill Seamount, Jack Neals Wall
Wednesday –Pinnacle, Aquarium, Spooky Channel, Blue Channel, Aguila Reef
Thursday – Cara Cara (Shark dive) Calvin’s Crack, Wreck of Mr Buds
Friday – Mary’s Place
We are happy to welcome 15 guests from around the United States & El Salvador. Some familiar faces, as well as, some new comers. We welcome photographer Stephen Frink and many of his friends on his Bay Islands tour. After everyone set up their gear and got acquainted, we had a delicious BBQ meal on the sun deck and everyone went to their cabins for some well-needed rest.
A short journey along the south side towards the calmer waters of the west side.
Tavianna’s Wall was our first site. A perfect spot to jump in, check out our gear and get wet. A spotted moray was tucked under a coral head and occasionally stuck his head out for a view. Cookie & David saw a beautiful eagle ray when they entered the water. Yellow-headed jaw fish & sail fin blennies were seen by many of the guests. Phil saw a tiger grouper at a cleaning station & a nurse shark…wow! Eel Garden was our second sight. Turtles and a green moray were the high light of the dive. A short cruise over to Half Moon Bay put us on our afternoon and night dive site. Groupers, another spotted eel, turtles and more turtles and plenty of nocturnal critters on our night dive including the ever-exciting octopus. All in all a great first day of diving.
We arrived at the Coyos seamounts for our after breakfast sight of the morning. These two pinnacles come up from the depths to within 45ft from the surface and is a haven for pelagic critters and beautiful coral life. Everyone enjoyed 2 dives here before moving into the amazing bay at Cayos Cochinos. Toon Town was our afternoon site. Named because of its vast varieties of Tunicates. This is where the Bay Islands became known to be the Macro Capital of the Caribbean. Night dive was Spanish Bay. Crabs, lobster. Dalton saw a solo octopus hunting for a meal on the reef. After the dive it was hot chocolate and a little something extra to warm the body. A wonderful day of diving.
We headed west to the Seamounts of Utila. Black Hill sea mount provided plenty of critters, a school of horse eye jacks, black grouper, green eel, and many juvenile species of fish. Next up was the popular Jack Neals Wall. Wow! A sea horse (black & white banded). A goliath grouper, margin tail conger eels, pipe fish, striped elysia (nudi) & juvenile angel fish were some of the sea life seen. The night dive was awesome. An orange & white seahorse was seen right away. Several species of nudis were seen. A colorful moon snail, spotted snake eel, mantis shrimp, yellow stingray…whew!! An amazing night dive with lots of animals. Our dive masters; Willie & Nestor did a great job.
An early morning pre-breakfast cruise put us on the east side of Utila. Joining us for the cruise were a pod of spinner dolphin. These guys put on a heck of a show. Riding the pressure wave on the bow, it was a great photo opportunity for all. After the dolphin show we arrived at our morning sight, The Pinnacle. Several turtle an a eagle ray were seen. We then motored over to the south side of the island to the Aquarium for a drift dive. Wow, what a great dive! Spotted moray, yellow ray and a large toadfish that DM Willie kept coxing out of its hole. We then made the journey back to Roatan while enjoying lunch “Cheeseburgers in Paradise” on the sundeck. The afternoon sights were Blue Channel & Spooky Channel. Cookie & David saw 2 free swimming morays. Eagle ray, turtles and a handful of large groupers were seen, as well. Night dive was at Aguila reef. Large Channel crabs, lobster and a cryptic tear drop crab and a slender Caribbean sea spider were seen.
Back to the south side of Roatan for our early morning shark dive at Cara a Cara and we were barely into the water before curious groupers came in to see what goodies we had brought for them. They stayed with us the whole dive as did 10 to 12 grey reef sharks. We then moved to Arawack wall and did a drift dive. Beautiful corrals and schooling fish were seen. We then traveled east to Calvin’s Crack. Known for its large swim thrus, it’s a beautiful sight. Nudis, neck crab and schooling fish were seen. Last dive sight of the day was Mr. Buds. A sunken lobster boat that has lots of sea life attached to it. Nesting Sargeant majors are prevalent on the starboard side of the wreck. Night dive had the usual suspects. Crabs, lobster & octopus.
Mary’s Place was our final sight. Champ the friendly grouper came out to say hello. Willie found a Frog fish, that most of the guests got great shots of. Too soon, 2 dives were done before we had to head back to our dock in French Harbor, Its time to wash down our gear, pack our bags and enjoy a drink or two at the captains farewell party and a 5 star dinner a Romeo’s restaurant on our dock.
It’s that time again to say our good byes. Hope to see all again soon on the Roatan Aggressor. Special congrats to our Iron divers: Phil & David. Special thanks to Stephen Frink for his pictures and stories.
Until next time, Crew of the Roatan Aggressor……