*Roatan Aggressor Captains log DEC. 23-30, 2017
*Air Temp. 79-85 F
*Water Temp. 81-83 F
* Visibility 70-100ft
* Wetsuit req. 3-5 mm full or shortie
Engineer John B
Sunday Tavianna’s Wall, Half Moon Bay
Monday – Wreck of the Aguila, Eel garden
Tuesday – Cayos Cochinos Sea Mount, Toon Town
Wednesday – Cara a Cara ,Mary’s Place, Pirate’s Pointe
Thursday – Mary’s Place, Mr. Bud
Friday – 40’ Wall
We are happy to welcome 17guests from around the United States, Belgium & Mexico. Some familiar faces, as well as, some new comers. We welcome back Tom & his family who were here in July. After everyone set up their gear and got acquainted, we had a delicious BBQ meal in the salon and everyone went to their cabins for some well-needed rest.
We started the day with a cruise to the north side. Our first dive site was Tavianna’s Wall. A great site with lots of sea life. A spotted eel, turtles, sail fin blenny, yellow-headed jaw fish and a free-swimming green moray were a few of the critters seen. 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
Monday An early Christmas morning pre-breakfast cruise put us on the wreck of the Aguila… a 180’ ft. wreck that was sunk years ago to provide a alternate reef structure to the beautiful north side. It was a fun dive to check out the inside and the surrounding reef with several giant groupers keeping an eye on us. A giant green moray was seen at the bow, as well as, several orangutan crabs clinging to the mast. We then moved to our afternoon sight, Eel Garden. Big snappers, schooling horse eyed jacks, turtles, & Jeri found a small brown sea horse. The night dive had the usual suspects of crabs, lobsters and yes, octopus. What a great Great night dive.
We arrived at the Cayos 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 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. Tunicates are filter feeders that are some of the most colorful creatures in the ocean.
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 4 or 5 grey reef sharks. Mary’s place was next another incredible shallow healthy reef and sheer wall. Long know to be one of Roatans best. There are lots of cuts, cracks and crevices. Among the sea life seen were turtles, mantis shrimp and schooling creole wrasse. Last dive site was Pirate’s Pointe. This site is highlighted by a sloping sand chute that starts very shallow and runs downward towards the beautiful wall. Wow! Green Moray central. The group was visited by at least 2 very curious eels. Yellow-headed jaw fish, sail fin blenny, pipefish & schooling sennets were also seen. The night dive had several octopuses, peacock flounder, slipper lobster, crabs, squid & lobster.
We dove Mary’s Place again by popular demand. Willie, the dive master, found the “thing” It is a type of worm that lives in a nest. Mr. Buds was our late afternoon dive on a fun wreck. Silver sides were plentiful in the wheelhouse, as well as, a scorpion fish, spotted drum and a green moray. Night dive was awesome with octopuses, sting ray, spotted moray, crabzilla & very neat bioluminescence. What a great way to end a great day of diving.
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.
Always a sad day to see our friends and family depart, however there was plenty of happy faces knowing that we will dive together again soon onboard the Roatan Aggressor. Special congrats to our Iron divers: Jimena, Jules & Keith. Also, the new members of the NITROX green gas club; Deb, Arvil, Jules, Roseanne & Rick.
Until next time, Crew of the Roatan Aggressor…