*Roatan Aggressor Captains log December 30-January 6, 2018
*Air Temp. 79-82F
*Water Temp. 81-83 F
* Visibility 70-100ft
* Wetsuit req. 3-5 mm full, shortie or skin
Sunday – Tavianna’s Wall &Half Monn Bay Wall
Monday Wreck of the Aguila, Eel Garden
Tuesday – Cayos Sea Mounts, Toon Town, Mr. Bud
Wednesday – Cara A Cara, Pirate’s Point, Mr.Bud
Thursday – Mary’s Place, Calvin’s Crack Virginia’s Wall
Friday – Mary’s Place
We are happy to welcome 18 guests from around the United States , Russia & Canada. Everyone arrived by the 3:30 boarding time. We had some cold beverages for all the guests while they checked out the yacht and set up their dive gear. We then had a delicious BBQ cook out prepared by Chef Dorian, on the sun deck. A few hearty souls stayed up a few more hours but the majority of guests went to their cabins for some well-deserved rest.
A short journey along the south side towards the calmer waters of the north side.
Tavianna’s Wall was our first site. Everyone jumped in and and checked out their gear. Several turtles, a spotted moray and a scorpion fish were seen. Several sail fin blennies & yellow headed jaw fish were spotted, as well as, a queen trigger. The afternoon sight was Half moon Bay Wall A free-swimming green moray was seen on the wall and a southern sting ray. The highlight of the dive was a black sea horse, which was attached to a sea fan near the mooring line. A wonderful night dive gave way to crabs, lobster and our black sea horse. Back on the yacht Jana had some hot chocolate for the guests when they returned. Then it was time for a New Years Eve dinner and some celebrating. Great day & night of diving.
First up for the morning was the wreck of the Aguila. This freighter was sunk as an alternative dive to the surrounding reef. Several Cabera snapper greeted the guests upon entering the water. Arrowhead crabs, neck crabs and a green moray were seen. Next site was Eel garden for the rest of the day. Lots of schooling Creole wrasse, jacks & a black seahorse were seen. The night dive; a scorpion fish & a huge crab that was nicknamed “crabzilla” were seen.
Tuesday We arrived at the Cayos Cochinos seamounts @ 8:00.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. Large groupers, schooling snapper & jacks greeted the divers upon entering the water. After two dives we headed into the islands of Cayo Cochinos. On the way we observed a huge school of bonito. Guess what was feeding with the bonito? A large WHALE SHARK! Finally one of these magnificent creatures was seen by the guests of the Roatan Aggressor. It was a very slim season for whale shark sightings in and around the Bay Islands. We brought groups of the guests in the dinghy to get a closer look. Several people got great pics and Gerardo our dive master got some great video. We then headed into Cayos Cochinos and did one dive at Toon Town. Visibility was not great so we returned to Roatan for the night dive. Octopuses, crabs, lobster, squid were seen. Liz found a brittle star dispersing eggs. What a great day of diving.
Our first site of the day was the shark dive at Cara A Cara. 10-12 grey reef sharks greeted the guests when they descended to the sea floor. Also, there were several curious groupers. After 30 minutes or so it was time to return to the mother ship and swap stories. Next up was Pirate’s Point. This site is known for its sloping sand chute. The resident green eel came out to say hello. Spotted moray, peacock flounder, anemone shrimp, puffer fish & a balloon fish. Our last site was back to Mr. Bud for the afternoon and night dive. A yellow-headed jaw fish, schooling jacks and several large crabs were seen. The night dive gave way to the usual suspects; Crabs, squid & lobster.
The morning site was the world famous Mary’s Place. We made a pre breakfast dive on this wonderful site. Known for its cracks, crevices and swim thrus, Mary’s Place is always a guest favorite. Towards the end of the first dive, the group spotted an octopus. Probably heading for its lair to sleep. Spotted drum, mantis shrimp and lots of schooling creole wrasse were seen. After lunch dive was Calvin’s Crack. Our resident orange seahorse was there. A spotted moray and toadfish were seen. We then continued east to Virginia’s Wall. Wow! 3 seahorses, free-swimming eel, Atlantic spadefish and lots of schooling reef fish.
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.
Once again it’s time to say our goodbyes. Special congrats to our Iron divers: Stuart & Kyle. Congrats to Liz for 300 dives & Pavel for 200 dives.
Until next time, Crew of the Roatan Aggressor……