*Roatan Aggressor Captains log Oct 7-14, 2017
*Air Temp. 82-89 F
*Water Temp. 81-83 F
* Visibility 70-100ft
* Wetsuit req. 3mm full or shortie
Sunday – Tavianna’s Wall, Half Moon Bay Wall
Monday – Wreck of the Aguila, Spooky Channel
Tuesday – Utila: The Pinnacle, Red Cliffs, Jack Neals
Wednesday – Cayos Cochinos sea mounts, Mr Bud
Thursday – Cara a Cara (Shark dive) Calvins Crack, Pirates Pointe
Friday – Mary’s Place
We are happy to welcome 16 guests from around the United States. Some familiar faces, as well as, some new comers. Good to see the gals from Destin Fl.: Diana, Jody, Linda & Carla. 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.
We took a short journey along the south side towards the calmer waters of the west side.Tavianna’s Wall was our first site. A good spot to jump in, check out our gear and do a buoyancy check. A spotted moray was tucked under a coral head and occasionally stuck his head out for a view. Pair of orange spotted filefish were frolicking in 100’ of water. Going into shallower water, we saw several sail fin blennies & yellow-headed jaw fish. A lobster, Pederson shrimp, arrow crab, pistol shrimp and a lone turtle were seen. 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
An early morning pre-breakfast cruise put us on the wreck of the Aguila. This wreck was sunk years ago to provide an alternate reef structure to the beautiful north side. It was a fun dive to check out the inside and the surrounding reef with several cabera snapper greeting the divers as they entered the water. A giant green moray was seen at the bow and one also seen by Carla on the surrounding reef. Several neck crabs were on the bow of the wreck, as well as, an arrow crab in a sponge. Next up was Spooky Channel. Known for its diverse seascape, it is always a guest favorite.
A spotted eagle ray, a green moray and several schools of reef fish were seen.
We made an early morning crossing to the island of Utila. Still on the look out for the elusive whale sharks. Our first sight was The Pinnacle. It is a beautiful seamount rising from the sea floor. Lots of swim thrus, cuts and crevices make this sight a haven for sea life. A tiny spotted eel; a green moray, adult spotted drum and a large barracuda were seen. We then did a drift dive on the east side, Red Cliff’s Wall. A beautiful mini wall with multiple sand chutes. A good current kept us moving down the wall. A scorpion fish, spotted eagle ray, golden spotted moray & several cleaning stations were seen. Our afternoon and night dive were on Jack Neals. A black sea horse was seen near the mooring pin, on the wall. Several nudis, mantis shrimp and a sail fin blenny were also seen.
We arrived at the Coyos seamounts for our pre breakfast sight of the morning. These two pinnacles come up from the depths to within 35ft from the surface and is a haven for pelagic critters and beautiful coral life. Everyone enjoyed a dive here before moving into calmer water on the south side of Roatan. The next sight was Mr Bud. A 80’ lobster/shrimp boat loaded with sea life. Nesting sergeant majors, several free swimming green morays. Were seen. The night dive was great. A free swimming spotted eel, spotted lobster, spiny lobster, large channel crabs and to top it off, a lone squid, put on a light show that Tom got great video of.
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 10-12 grey reef sharks. Great pics & wonderful interaction with these sleek animals. We then moved to Calvin’s Crack. This sight is known for its cuts, cracks & crevices. Highlight of the dive was an orange seahorse. Also seen was a large mantis shrimp and a spotted eagle ray. Next up was Pirate’s Pointe. Free swimming moray and Jess pointed out a well camouflaged scorpion fish. Night dive was awesome. Leather back dorus, crabs, lobster And yes, 3 octopus.
Sadly Friday as come oh too soon 2 dives left this morning before we have 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.
Time to say our goodbyes and reflect on a wonderful charter. Congrats to our iron divers; Tom, Jeff, Jess & Kerry. Also congrats to Daryl, Michelle & Andy on 100 dives logged!
Until next time, Crew of the Roatan Aggressor……