Carib Dancer Captains Log 31 Jan-7 Feb 2015
Air Temp. 62-75+ F
Water Temp. 70-74 F
2nd Captain Nestor
Fred, Donn, Melissa, Rudy, Bob
Sunday – Barracuda Shoals, Plane Wreck Ships Channel, Closemon Reef
Monday – Aquarium, Cave Rock
Tuesday – Cobia Cage, Cut Thru City, Tunnel Rock
Wednesday – Split Coral Head, Cut-N-Run, Crackin
Thursday – Hole In The Wall, Pillar Wall, Lobster No Lobster
Friday – Blue Hole
Saturday January 31st
The Carib Dancer and her guest depart Elizabeth On Bay for an easy ride out to the Exuma Islands.
Sunday February 1st
We our week of diving in the Bahamas on several shallow dive site starting with Barracuda Shoals then The Plane Wreck of Ships Channel, Closemon Reef and finished with an Amazing night dive back on Barracuda Shoals. As soon as the first diver entered the water he came back up to say Sharks. The Caribbean Reef and Nurse Sharks guest saw were followed shortly by seeing Yellow and Southern Stingrays. We found Caribbean Spiny Lobsters, Crabs and a pair of Banded Coral Shrimp one was pregnant. To end with a wonderful night dive swimming with the normal nighttime Creatures and Sharks, Squid, Stingrays, Turtles and Octopus.
Monday February 2nd
Today we spit the diving between to places. The Exuma Islands and when the winds changed we made the short journey across the Exuma Sound to the Island of Eleuthera. Before leaving the Exuma we enjoyed a dive site I havent been to in a while, this site is called The Aquarium. It earned its name because as you are swimming around underwater theres so must Marine Life its like youre inside of an Aquarium. Its wonderful swimming around the Aquarium with schools of Horse-Eye Jack, Yellowtail and Gray Snappers and just under the Carib Dancer a School of Spadefish. Oh and lets not forget about the Spotted Eels, Lobsters, Rough Fileclam, Flamingo Tongues, Red-Tipped Sea Goddess and Turtles.
Our first stop on our Second Island Adventure for the day was Cave Rock. When asks about diving Cave Rock our guest Fred from France said, Great! Cave Rock is not only a dive site covered with Marine Life but other Creatures and Fish passed near us. We saw Big Roughtail Stingrays, Caribbean Spiny and Spotted Spiny Lobsters as well as Channel Clinging Crabs. Just as everyone was finishing an awesome day of diving, they found Octopus, Squid and a Large Loggerhead Turtle that swim to them and let guest swim around up close and personal for pictures or just a closer look.
Tuesday February 3rd
As we enjoyed our Screen Saver brighten (A Very Colorful Sunrise), we notice the weather conditions where just right to start the day on The Cobia Cage. The Cobia Cage is a large structure that starts about 20 feet and goes to around 75 feet. Inside the Cage the local research school raise Cobia for the school. A Cobia is a long torpedo-shape body with flattened forebody, silver to dark brown with a lower jaw that protrudes and a forked tail. The Cage is also located next to an awesome wall where we see Mackerel, Caribbean Reef Shark and on the top of the wall some of the largest Blue and Midnight Parrotfish around the Caribbean. Next we headed south along the coast of Eleuthera to Cut Thru City. Cut Thru City has lots of Swim Thrus and Canyons to enjoy. Along the wall we saw Bushy Black Coral, Orange Sea Fan Black Coral and Deepwater Sea Fans. Under the boat a large school of Horse-Eye Jacks and Spadefish. To finish this Wonderful Wall Dive we had a Caribbean Reef Shark, Lemon Shark and a Great Hammerhead Shark swim for a closer look at these scuba people. We finished the day with a late afternoon and Full Moon Night dive on Tunnel Rock. Because we are using a light to see during the night dive all the colors seem to be brighter. The Orange Ball Sponge was Very Orange and the Pinkish to Lavender-Gray Lumpy Overgrown Sponge was brighter then they would have been on a day dive. Creatures like Rock-Boring Urchins was out on top of the reef instead of hiding in the crevasse of the reef and a couple Small Spotted Moray Eel one hiding in the reef but the other was swimming out in the open. The Full Moon dive on Tunnel Rock was an excellent way to finish the day in Eleuthera.
Wednesday February 4th
We started the day diving an Amazing Wall, Huge Coral Head Covered with Marine Life and Lots of Caribbean Reef Sharks in the Center. The Center just happens to be under the Carib Dancer and the dive site is called Split Coral Head. Anytime we dive Split Coral Head we are guaranteed to see these Sharks and the always swim close to us, sometimes just a few inches away. After enjoying all Split Coral Head had to offer we left the Creatures and Sharks and head north to Cut-N-Run. Today while diving Cut-N-Run we explored a Colorful Wall, an Anchor imbedded and encrusted with Corals and Sponges. About 120 feet from the wall into the sandy area between coral mounts we swam around a small plane wreck. Between the Plane Wreck, Encrusted Anchor and the Colorful Wall were Yellow Stingrays, Garden Eels, Yellowhead Jawfish, School of Spadefish and a few Mackerel swimming near. To finish the afternoon and day we headed back south to a dive site called Krackin. This dive site is made up of several large coral head that come together creating a series, more of a maze of Canyons and Swim Thrus. The Krackin is known for lot of small creatures and its underwater maze. As our guest Michelle said, That Was A Fun Dive! And I would have to agree.
Thursday February 5th
It was a Colorful Sunrise as we did a pre-breakfast dive on Hole In The Wall. From the mooring pin swimming west about 60 feet we came to the start of the wall. Between the mooring pin and the start of this colorful wall is a very large hole. As we descended into this hole that starts about 50 feet underwater is about 100 feet long, we turn a little to the left about half way through then we start to see the exit. As we exited the hole around 90 feet we enter the Dark Blue Exuma Sound. Its an Excellent way to start a Thursday Morning. Then we explored the wall enjoying Scroll Coral, Mountainous Star Coral, Deepwater Sea Fans and a Variety of other Corals and Sponges. Several Cero Mackerel swam near, Caribbean Reef Shark and towards the end while doing a safety stop a school of Horse-Eye greeted us Jacks, Gray and Yellowtail Snappers under the Carib Dancer.
It was time to head back west back towards Nassau but not before stopping back in the Exuma Islands. Pillar was first on the list. Pillar Wall is one of my personal favorites with Swim Thrus, Canyons, and Coral Heads just under the boat and an Amazing Wall. While diving Pillar Wall Caribbean Reef Sharks, Channel Clinging Crabs and Schools of Spadefish visited us. Several guest had the chance to see a Scrawled Filefish up close while is covered with blue to blue-green spots, irregular line and black dots. Next on the list was Lobster No Lobster, which is located in the shallow waters of the Great Bahama Banks. Lobster No Lobster is a tidal dive, which means we cannot dive during a raising tide. Because of this we cant always make this dive, however today the tides was in our favor. Guests came up from the dive saying this reef had every color there was and Bob said theres ever fish you want to see down there. For this dive just pick a Tropical Fish from your book and Im sure we saw it on Lobster No Lobster. And yes we did see Lobsters.
Friday February 6th
We finished a fantastic week of diving with an Awesome dive at the Blue Hole. While diving at the Blue Hole we saw schools of Snappers, Spadefish, Angelfish, Caribbean Reef and Nurse Sharks and a Very Big Loggerhead Turtle that came very close to several divers.
The Crew would like to Thank Everyone For Joining Us On The Carib Dancer In The Bahamas!!!
Hope To See Everyone Again Soon…
Carib Dancer Crew