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Log Date: Saturday, Aug 03, 2019
Entry By: Roatan Aggressor Crew









 



*Roatan Aggressor Captains log August 3-10, 2019

 

*Air Temp.  79-83 F

*Water Temp. 81-83 F

* Visibility 70-100ft

* Wetsuit req. 3-5mm full, shorty or skin

 

DIVE SITES:

Sunday –  Tavianna’s Wall, Half Moon Bay Wall

Monday Dolphin Cave, Rock Star Pinnacles, Butcher’s Bank

Tuesday – Wreck of El Aguila, Sandy Bay Reef, Blue Channel, Eel Garden

Wednesday –Lighthouse Reef, Black Rock

Thursday – Cayos Seamount, Lil Cocos, Pirate’s Pointe

Friday –Mr. Bud

  

Saturday

We are happy to welcome 17 guests from around the United States. It was great to see some familiar faces, as well as, some new ones. Our guests sampled the Chef’s wonderful jerk chicken & BBQ ribs on the sun deck. Afterward, everyone retired for a well-needed rest.

Sunday

We made the early morning cruise to the north side. Our first site was Tavianna’s Wall. This site is always a guest pleaser. We descended the wall and were greeted by two turtles, one rather large turtle & a smaller hawksbill. We also saw yellow-headed jaw fish; sail fin blennies, spotted drum, schooling jacks, creole wrasse and a free-swimming green moray. The afternoon & night dive site of the day was Half Moon Bay Wall. This is a great site with lots of different topography. Lots of schooling creole wrasse, a green moray a spotted moray, mantis shrimp, spotted lobster, spiny lobster, large channel clinging crabs, several large snappers & 2 spotted eagle rays were seen. The night dive was incredible with lots of clinging crabs, shrimps, lobsters & 5-7 octopuses. Wow!

 

 Monday

An early morning breakfast cruise put us on our first site of the day, Dolphin Cave.

This site is a series of cracks, crevices and tunnels that traverse the reef, winding its way into the shallows. All the divers took the tour through the caves.  Thousands of silversides yellow-headed jaw fish, schooling creole wrasse, anemones, juvenile flounders, spotted cleaner shrimp, squat lobster, snapping shrimp, Bermuda chubs, glassy eyed sweepers, arrow crabs, hermit crabs, juvenile spotted drum were some of the sea life seen. The highlight of the dives was a couple of seahorses, making for some good photos.  Next we moved west to our next site, Rock Star Pinnacles. This is one of our fairly new sites. It is a series of pinnacles at different depths with one large lone pinnacle east of the mooring pin. There were lots of schooling Creole wrasse, horse eyed jacks, large groupers, spotted drum & a whiptail ray. Night dive site was Tavianna’s wall. All the usual suspects were seen: shrimps, lobsters, crabs & octopuses.

 

Tuesday

An early morning pre-breakfast cruise put us on the wreck of El Aguila. This freighter was sunk years ago as an alternate source for diving.  The wreck is rather large, spanning over 250’.There are lots of places for sea creatures to be hanging out. The mast is especially populated with crabs, bristle worms, shrimp and other macro life. A hungry grouper was seen chowing down on a bar jack. Next up was 1 dive on Sandy Bay Reef. This site has got lots of cuts, crevices & canyons. Right off the bat, DM Jessie found a beautiful grey seahorse. Other things of note were a green eel, scorpion fish & lots of schooling reef fish. Our next site was Blue Channel. This site is a wall & beautiful passageway through the inner reef. We did 1 dive before heading to Eel Garden, but not before a spotted eagle ray came through the divers several times. Eel garden was the final site for the day. All the guests explored the small wall & swim thrus. ThThere highlights of the dive were some squid & 4 octopuses.

 

Wednesday

Our first site of the day was Lighthouse reef. This site is known for its cut, crevices & canyons. There is always plenty to explore here. There were lots of Creole Wrasse, several turtles, green morays & 3-5 eagle rays on every dive.  The afternoon and evening site was Black Rock. This site has it all. There is a mini wall sand chutes and a shallow sandy area with coral heads and different passages to explore. All the divers followed the dive master and explored these areas. Rich spotted a nurse shark chilling under a coral head. Lines & lines of Creole wrasse returning from deep water were a constant during the dive. The night dive, again, had all the players; crabs, lobster, shrimps & octopuses.

 

Thursday

We got an early start to make our journey to Cayos Cochinos. Our first site of the day was the seamounts. These seamounts rise from the sea floor to within 45’ of the surface. There were lots of schooling jacks, barracuda & creole wrasse. DM Willie had a rather curious nurse shark follow him around for most of the third dive. We enjoyed 3 wonderful dives then headed to the south side of Roatan for our final site of the day, Pirate’s Pointe. This site is known for its sloping sand chute, which starts shallow & descends to the wall @ 100’. The wall has great formations of black coral and large barrel sponges. The resident green moray came out and followed several guest for several minutes. DM Jessie found a lone orange seahorse that all the guests viewed & got some great pics.

 

Friday

We traveled east to Mr. Bud for the last 2 dives of the charter. Yellow-headed jawfish & a free-swimming eel were the high lights of the dives. Then it was time to head in and clean up all the dive gear. A little R&R then it was time for the cocktail party followed by dinner at Romeo’s restaurant.

 

Saturday

Once again it’s time to say our goodbyes. Special congrats to our Iron divers: Karyn, Brad, Will, Rich, Arline, Erin & Shannon. Shout out to Zach on 900 logged dives! Well done. Check out our “critter board” to see a detailed description of the sea life seen during the charter.

 

Until next time, Crew of the Roatan Aggressor……