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Cayman Aggressor IV
Nov 11th to 18th 2017
Guests Bill, Shae, Beth & Jack, Bruce, JD, Jeff, Kim & Terry, Stuart, Randi & Lance, Bette & Kim.
Crew Capt Niall, Helmsman & Engineer Manny, Chef Kingsley, Instructors Aubri & Justin, Steward Oneil.
Water temp 83f
Air Temp 80f (burrrrrrr)
Exposure protection 3mm wetsuit or more for those of us whom feel the cold.
Saturday After a couple of delayed flights we finally had all guests on board by 10.30pm. All safety briefs and intros done and guests were off to bed for some rest in anticipation of a great week of diving to come.
Sunday A short run from our anchorage saw us arrive at the Ship Reef Doc Poulson for a couple of morning dives. The visibility was in the 75 to 85ft range and the Doc Poulson was, as it always is, a great dive site to start our week. Kingsley served up a yummy subway Sunday lunch as we headed off for more wreck diving at the Oro Verde. We had some very cool critter finds on this old Cayman favorite. The likes of free swimming moray eels and camera friendly turtles with spotted drum and several lobster made of a splendid way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Monday Big Tunnels was our chosen spot for the first 2 dives but not before we enjoyed Kingsley’s mandatory smoked bacon. The wall at Big Tunnels is sheer and has numerous swim thrus and the wall top starts at 50ft and descends quickly all the way to 6000ft. While Kingsley served up a delicious authentic Mexican lunch as we cruised around north west point and into the north sound for a very fun dive at world famous Sting Ray City. Our last afternoon and night dive was spent at Bonnies Arch and it was a very popular spot. The arch is a photographers dream and sponge life here makes the reef a star burst of color.
Tuesday The USS Kittiwake is a great way to spend any Tuesday morning and today was no exception. This once proud US Navy submarine rescue vessel is now a divers paradise, it was intentionally sunk close to the drop off and offers reef, wreck and wall in a single dive. A huge green moray eel seems to have made its home under the propeller and rudder, were it can easily slip from one side of the ship to the other. Italian themed lunch was the midday fare served up by Kingsley as we made the short run to Neptunes Drop Off for a single afternoon dive. Turtles and nurse sharks were going sightings along with yet another green moray. Next stop was Lost Treasure for a late afternoon and night dive and we again had a couple of nurse shark sightings along with a couple of large lobster and a channel crab but find of the day and maybe even the week goes to eagle eyed crew member Aubri for finding a seahorse on an open stretch of sand. Everyone got an up close look at this rare little critter.
Wednesday An early start saw us get under way for the south side of Grand Cayman and specifically Tunnel of Love dive site. A very particular long winding swim thru gives the site its name and the drop off is sheer and imposing. Today was definitely shark as we had shark encounters on the first 4 dives of the day. We had Caribbean reefs sharks and nurse sharks at Tunnel of love and as Kingsley served up champion cheese burgers we moved to Kellys Caverns were we had nurse shark encounters on both afternoon dives and we finally got an Octopus on the night dive.
Thursday An early start saw us get under way for Light House Wall for the first two dives of the day. The swim thrus here are very cool and they weave in and out of the drop off. The first swim thru we went thru offered up a cool find, in one of the crevices a juvenile spotted drum had made its home. The wall top was speckled with blue chromis and we had schools of jacks and chubbs aswell. Our next stop was Bullwinkle a few miles down the coast for a single dive in some very cool canyons and gullies that are home to several schools of tarpon. We finished the day at Pedros Castle for a mid afternoon and then a twilight night dive. More gullies and canyons were the order of the time at Kellys and then nightdive offered up dozens of lobsters and even an adult spotted drum.
Friday Sadly we were into the final day of our Cayman Aggressor adventure but we still had some very cool diving to do. Round Rock and Trinity Caves were the the chosen sites and it was a truly great way to finish any week of diving. We had turtles and a free swimming eel along with a large school of horse jacks and we even got an eel. The afternoon saw geust and crew getting ready, the guests started packing up and getting ready to head home and the crew starting the resupply and getting to go out and do it all again. Special mention goes to Beth for completing her 100th dive and also to Kim & Terry for completing their 200th logged dives.
Until next week
Your Cayman Aggressor Crew