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Bahamas Aggressor Captains Log
21st - 28th October 2017
Air Temp - 86-90deg F
Water Temp - 76 Deg F
Exposure - 3MM wetsuit, Shorty / Rash Guard
Captain David Patterson
2nd Captain David Luxford
Chef Marco Moroni
Instructor Gabi Ruben
Instructor Alexandra Quint
Instructor Joshua Foster
Saturday 21st October
The crew of the Bahamas Aggressor welcomed 13 divers aboard for a week long diving extravaganza. Once everyone was onboard and had set up their equipment we issued the welcome and safety briefing. We then left the dock for an overnight crossing to the Exumas.
Sunday 22nd October
We begun our week of diving at Close Mon. This shallow site is a beautiful place to start. This site is extremely shallow which afforded our guests the ability to stay underwater for a considerable amount of time. Our group saw big schools of French Grunts, Snapper and Hogfish patrolling the shallows. We also saw yellow headed jawfish poking their heads out from their hidey-hole checking out our divers as they approached them. Once everybody was onboard and showered off we ventured over to the airplane wreck for our 2nd dive of the day. This shallow wreckage has an abundant marine life. There are big schools of French Grunts all over the wreck. We also see many different species of angelfish and hamlets too. Our guests also checked out the pistol shrimp hiding in the anemone’s scattered around the wreckage. This dive site is compact but it has one for eh densest population of marine life we see anywhere on this itinerary.
We enjoyed lunch at anchor on the dive site prior to heading over to Lobster no lobster for our 3rd dive of the day.
Here we saw huge barracuda hanging out below the boat, we also saw big permit cruising by us. We also saw the resident southern stingrays as well as the friendly Green Sea turtle that calls Lobster no Lobster home.
After a wonderful dive we moved over to Flat rock for our 4th dive of the day. This is another shallow site which the guests enjoyed exploring. Here we saw critters such as Flounder, Parrotfish, Grouper, Arrowhead Crabs and much more.
We rounded off our day by completing a night dive on Close mon - Which everyone enjoyed.
Monday 16th october
First up for us was the Airplane Wreck. This is a shallow site which always has a dense population of fish life. Grunts, Snapper, Hogfish and Permit congregate in the fuselage section and underneath the wings. We also see Angelfish, Lobsters and Crabs around the wreck too. Next up was the extremely popular site - Hammerhead Gulch. Due to the strong winds blowing in from the East we stayed on the Exuma Bank. This meant a lot of shallow dives - However this also means much more bottom time for our avid group of divers.
Over the course of two dives we saw Stingrays, Nurse Sharks, Parrotfish, Grouper, Hogfish, Eels and much much more. We then ventured south to Normans Cay to pick up a guest that was delayed getting into the Bahamas.
Once we had our guest onboard we then travelled North to our night anchorage off Highbourne Cay.
Tuesday 24h October
First dive site up was Pillar Wall. This wonderful wall site is always a popular one on this itinerary. Here we saw Reef Sharks, Turtles, Eels, Blue Chromis, Crabs, Lobsters and Spadefish.
We then moved over to Blacktip Wall for our second dive of the day. This is also another wonderful Wall site that our guests explored to the max. This site has a myriad of sim throughs and canyon ways that we were able to weave our way through. Here we saw Channel Crabs, Lobsters, Sharks and Turtles.
We then moved over to Whale Tail Wall for our 3rd dive of the day. Once we tied up to this site we saw Dolphins playing on the surface which was very cool to see. We saw a wide verity of reef fish playing in the various cuts and canyon ways that make up Whale Tail Wall.
We ended the day with two wonderful dives on the wreck of the Austin Smith. This site is where we see a lot of Reef Sharks and today was no different. We saw upward of 14 Reef Sharks all cruising by close to our divers. On the night dive on the wreck our guests managed to find the elusive Octopus which was a highlight for them.
Wednesday 25th October
We started our day off with two dives at Crab Mountain were we ventured down the wall. Here we saw Reef Sharks, Spotted Drums, Eels, Crabs, Groupers, Barracuda and much much more. We then went inside to do two dives on the shallow site Barracuda Shoals. Here we saw a Nurse Shark, Sgt Majors, Barraucda, Trumpet Fish and many different types of reef fish.
After two wonderful dives we ventured back outside the channel and into deeper water. We opted to dive the wonderful site at Crab Reef. Here we saw Brittle Stars, Lobsters, Crabs, Trumpet Fish, Turtles, Basket Stars and much much more.
We decided to sleep for the night on this dive site as we planned to dive it again first thing in the morning.
Thursday 19th October
We started off the day at Crab Reef. Here we saw Lobster, Crabs, Turtles, Sharks, Pufferfish, Nurse Shark, and Eels. After a wonderful dive we moved over to the emphatic dive site - Dog Rocks. Here we explored the amazing swim throughs and the huge schools of fish that live here. We see sharks, turtles and barracuda here too.
We ended our day off at Madsion Avenue which everybody adored.
Friday 20th October
We decided to dive Crab Mountain prior to having breakfast. We then headed back into the blue hole prior to heading to Nassau toward civilization. We ended the trip with a wonderful cocktail party on the sundeck prior to taking dinner ashore.
Congratulations to our iron divers - Corey, Diane and Matt
Congrats to Corey for gaining his Open Water certification and also his Nitrox cert. Way to go Corey.
Congrats to Gus and Charles for also completing their Notrox cert this time out
Huge congrats to Martin (corey’s dad) AKA “Jimmy Nail” for completing not one but two Discover dives! I think we will make a diver out you yet Martin!
It was also a pleasure to celebrate two birthday’s onboard - Happy Birthday Diane & Charles
Safe travels always
The Bahamas Aggressor Crew