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Cayman Aggressor IV
Nov 18th to 25th 2017
Guests Wade & Peggy, Mike, Eric & Christine, Tonya & Brandon, Kathleen & Guy, Mike, Alec, Kristin, Jenise & Frank, Uwe, Rob, Lindsay & Jeff.
Crew Capt Alan, 1st Mate Manny, Master Chef Kingsley, Engineer Rodel, Instructor Justin, Oneil
Water Temp 82
Air Temp 90
Exposure Protection 3mm Full Length/ Shortie
Saturday Another busy Saturday here in Cayman and we are once again ready for a week of eating, sleeping and diving. Welcome back to Kristin, Frank, Jenise, Mike, Alec & Tonya. Always nice to see familiar faces yet again. After our safety briefing and intros it was over to Chef Kinsley to delight us with the best Ribs & chicken in George Town! After a busy travel day it was time to get some rest in anticipation of our exiting charter.
Sunday We cruised around to the south side of Grand Cayman to a site called Bullwinkle, this site has it all, from large Tarpon to tiny Sail fin Blenny’s. A perfect way to check out our equipment and ease back into Aggressor Style diving. During a deli style lunch we cruised to a site called Pedro’s Castle also on the south side. The main attraction here is the pinnacles that are located on the wall, extremely impressive with a lot of life on the top, on our way back to the shallows we spotted a large green moray eel, and several sail fin blennies. The swim thru’s here are a divers delight with natural light piercing the reef below. At night this reef comes alive, crabs, squid, and eels and of course our resident octopus that stayed out long enough for several of our divers to enjoy. With hot towels, hot chocolate and our hot tub to welcome us back it was time to call it a day.
Monday We cranked our engines before 6 am and motored to a site called Tunnel of Love, situated towards the south east side of Grand Cayman. The meandering tunnel starts at around 50 feet and pops out at 100 feet and roughly 80 ft in length. The walls here are sheer and spectacular, schools of wrasse patrol their territory and seem to move all at once in the same direction. Next up was the Spott’s Reef which is another site that always impresses. Schools of tarpon live here and are the reef is packed with cracks, crevices and swim thru’s. With the winds picking up it was time to motor towards the west side of grand to get some calm water. Governor’s reef is always a favorite, a shallow reef dive with plenty of marine life. At night the reef comes alive with critters, lobster, crabs and a sleeping turtle.
Tuesday We moved to a site know as Big Tunnels for the morning, this site is an impressive wall dive with lots of swim thru’s and gulley’s, maximum depth of 100 ft swallowing up to 50, the sea fans here are intense, we counted at least a dozen different sized neck crabs, all hiding in plain sight, a hawksbill turtle cruised through the group gliding effortlessly in the water. After a classic Italian lunch we motored to the north side only to pushed back around to the west side, the seas and wind too much for us to handle. Our site for the afternoon was Lost Treasure which produced 4 turtles, a free swimming moray eel and two puffer fish chasing each other all over the reef. At night we were dazzled by two reef octopus, channels crabs, bloodworms and a sleeping turtle, all in all a perfect day of eating , sleeping & diving.
Wednesday The smell of Kingsley’s delicious French Toast roused everyone from their restful sleep. The first dive of the morning saw us giant striding onto the USS Kittiwake where we were greeted by a friendly turtle searching for his breakfast. As we explored this vast wreck, several sting rays were seen feeding in the sand, a great way to begin our day. A short run saw us head into the north sound to experience Stingray City! As we jumped into the water, the stingrays were already waiting for us. Before we were even finished organizing our circle, the stingrays were already gliding playfully past, weaving in and out of our group. The fun continued for over 45 minutes until we headed back to the boat anxiously awaiting Kingsley’s Cheeseburgers in Paradise for lunch. Our journey continued further east on the north side of Grand Cayman as we set our sights on Babylon for the afternoon and evening. Babylon never seems to disappoint with black corals and sponges draping off the pinnacle. The star of the show was a spotted eagle ray which was feeding in the sand as it circled within feet of us for 15 minutes.
Thursday We started our engine before sunrise and motored along the north wall to a site known as Hammerhead Hill, a sheer and dramatic vertical wall that drops all the way to the abyss. The life on the wall here is plentiful and colorful, schools of purple reef fish, wrass, chubs and snappers all living in tranquility. The top of the wall is also very active with two turtles, a goliath grouper and several stingrays feeding in the sand. A curious green moray eel gave saw a reflection in Mike’s camera that left him stunned. During a delicious lunch we cruised around to the west side to Neptunes Wall. The marine life here is stunning; a hawksbill turtle was spotted feeding on a sponge with an angel fish feeding on the leftovers, a huge lobster in a coral head with a moray eel also hiding in plain sight. Next up was the Ship reef of the Doc Poulson. The old tug is sank in 50 ft of water and makes a great dive. The wall is close by with an abundance of life. At night this site comes alive and tonight was extra special with 3 octopus, channel crabs, a large lobster and umpteen basket stars, all stretching and feeding happily. Well done to Alec for finding his very own octopus!
Friday Our day began at Doc Poulson with a dawn dive, no better way to start our day. Breakfast afterwards was simply divine. Next up was the Oro Verde, also a classic, a spotted eagle ray was feeding busily in the sand and Fin our resident nurse shark finally showed up for his appearance. Most of our divers got to see him and get a nice photo. The marine life at the Oro Verde seems to grow more each time we dive it, the chubs, snappers, goatfish and groupers are multiplying by the day. Alas it’s was time of the week again to start washing our gear and start the whole packing process. Well done to Kristin and Alec for completing 50 dives, Christine, Kathleen and Guy for completing 100 dives and to Peggy and Wade for completing 150 dives. Once again thank to all our guests and crew for making this a fun and safe week of eating, sleeping and diving.
Until Next Week
Your Cayman Aggressor IV Crew