Carib Dancer Captain’s Log 28 Feb - 7 Mar 2015
Air Temp. 70-81+ F
Water Temp. 72-77 F
Dive Master Ramon
Bob, Jim, Vlad, Alex, Nancy, Dianne, Rick, Justin, Cora, Eric, Brian, Mike, Mary, Lisa
Sunday – Periwinkle Reef, Flat Rock reef, lobster No Lobster
Monday – Barracuda Shoals, Cut-N-Run, Tunnel Rock
Tuesday – Monolith, Split Coral Head, Jake’s Hole
Wednesday – Hole In The Wall, Krackin, Cave Rock
Thursday – Cut Thru City, Barracuda Shoals, Closemon, Plane Wreck
Friday – Blue Hole
Guest boarded the Carib Dancer at her home dock of Elizabeth On Bay. It’s very rare that the Carib Dancer stays on the dock for the first night, however due to some high winds our guest enjoyed a quite night in Nassau.
It was an early start for the guest and crew of the Carib Dancer as we departed the dock at 5:30am heading east to our first dive site Periwinkle Reef. Three large Coral Heads in 15-20 feet of water make up a wonderful dive site call Periwinkle Reef. With sandy areas between the coral head and hundreds of Tropical fish it’s the perfect dive site to fine-tune our buoyancy and check cameras taking pictures of Fish, Rays and Colorful Hard and Soft Corals. After Enjoying Periwinkle Reef we made the short trip across to the Exuma Islands and our next dive site called Flat Rock Reef. The good thing about diving Flat Rock Reef is you feel like you’re swimming through an underwater garden with the large amount of Gorgonians, Sponges and Hard Corals in Varies Colors. We saw Yellow Sea Whips, Venus Sea Fans, Tube Coral and lots of Rose Coral. Guest was able to swim through schools of Margate (White) Snappers, Mutton Snappers and Tomtate, while near by we could see Yellow Stingrays in the sand. The last dive site of the day was Lobster No Lobster and the answer to the question, yes we saw lobsters both the Caribbean Spiny and the Spotted Spiny Lobsters. Also near by were Rays, a very nice Green Turtle and a Caribbean Reef Sharks making a pass to our guest.
To start this Monday morning we did a pre-breakfast dive on Barracuda Shoals. A shallow reef with lots of colorful coral heads full of Marine Life like Masked/Glass Goby, Saddled Blenny, Yellowhead Jawfish, Roughtail Stingrays, Hawksbill Turtle and Sculptured Slipper Lobster. During breakfast we traveled to the east for the island of Eleuthera. Once we arrived in Eleuthera we did our first wall dive at a dive site called Cut-N-Run. As guest and I swam along the wall we venture under Bushy Black Coral passing Bright Orange Elephant Ear Sponges. We took some excellent pictures of a large anchor that is embedded in the top of the wall encrusted with coral and sponges. We also were able to get some pictures of guest around a small plane that sits in about 50 feet of water. What made the morning was Jim seeing a Great Hammerhead just off the wall near the Carib Dancer, nice work Jim. Our late afternoon and night dive was on Tunnel Rock. When diving Tunnel Rock, we always enjoy lots of Creatures. While looking inside the reef structure we found Banded Coral Shrimp, Bearded Fireworm, Corkscrew Anemone and Sponge Peppermint Shrimp which we took pictures and videos of. Let’s not forget our friend the Huge Loggerhead Turtle that was sleeping next to the Coral Head.
The Huge Wall of Monolith is where we started our Tuesday. Each time I dive on this wall it gets more impressive. The great thing about diving here is we get to different types of life, by going slow we see a lot of the small marine life like Lettuce Sea Slug, Medusa Worms and Two Claw Shrimp. Our guest Cora and Eric were able to find and take pictures of a Shortnose Batfish. It was time to get the blood pumping by visiting our friends, the Caribbean Reef Sharks. The best dive site to get up close and personal with the Caribbean Reef Shark in Eleuthera is Split Coral Head. Not only do we Experience Sharks swimming within inches of us but it happens next to a very Colorful Wall and a Huge Colorful Coral Head. Split Coral Head is one of the few dive sites that we can spend all day diving. During the dive we had at least 9 Caribbean Sharks ranging from 3’ to just over 6’ swim near us, which no one ever got tired of seeing. Our next site we don’t get to that often, but when we do it’s always Amazing. Jake’s hole is where we finished the day. Jake’s Hole is like a Large Aquarium with hard and soft corals, sponges and a huge variety of Marine Life. If you open up a book on Marine Life in the Bahamas/Caribbean you will more then likely see it at Jake’s Hole? The reef at Jake’s starts at 12 feet and goes to about 45 feet, so we are able to spend a lot of time exploring the reef. I loved all the creatures and fish but having a small Hawksbill turtle swim with us for about 10 minutes tonight was Awesome! At one point she swam very slowly about one foot over my head while guest Coral and Eric were only a foot or so away. Yes, we love night diving!
Hole In The Wall was our first dive of the day. A Very Large Swim Thru about 100 feet long and starts around 40 feet and goes out into the Blue Exuma Sound around 90 feet. Lots of Star Coral, Scroll Coral, Colorful Sea Rods and Deepwater Sea Fans swim around and create a frame for the perfect pictures. After Hole In The Wall we headed North to the Krackin. This is a shallow dive site that several guest in the past have called an adult play ground, with all it’s swim thru’s it’s like a small maze. While exploring this underwater maze like coral reef we found Spotted Spiny Lobsters, Spanish Lobsters and the Caribbean Spiny Lobster. Located all over the reef were Fairy and Threeline Basslet, Blue Chromis and a few Bridle Goby. We ended the day on Cave Rock. While swimming around Cave Rock we saw Nassau and Tiger Groupers, Schools of Yellowtail Snappers, Atlantic Spadefish, Blackcap Basslet and an array of other Creatures.
To finish our short time diving off the Island of Eleuthera we had a pre-breakfast dive on one of my personal favorite wall dives called Cut Thru City. The guest and I had a lot of fun swimming through the Canyons this site has to offer. In the sandy area just east of the wall where the sand and coral meet, hundreds of Garden Eels, Yellowhead Jawfish and a very friendly Nassau Grouper that was eye to eye with me. After Cut Thru City we headed east for the Exuma Islands and Barracuda Shoals. We enter the water crystal clear water before lunch. The reef area of Barracuda Shoals is very big and very colorful. We encountered several schools of fish, Southern Stingrays, Pale Anemones, Spotted Moray Eel, Hawksbill Turtle and Bertha a Huge Great Barracuda hanging out under the Carib Dancer. The large variety of soft corals that is offered to us at Closemon Reef made that our next dive site. With a max depth of 25 feet Closemon Reef was perfect to see Creatures like Feather Stars, Flat Tree-Oysters and Yellowline Arrow Crabs. To finish the day we stopped at the Plane Wreck just off Ship’s Channel where we encountered Southern and Roughtail Stingrays, Ocean Triggerfish, Lobsters, Crabs, and one of our favorites a Big Loggerhead Turtle.
The Blue Hole was our last dive of the week. As soon as we entered the water we were met by a couple of Caribbean Reef Sharks. There were schools of Snappers, Grunts, and several Angelfish swam up close and we ran into another Big Loggerhead Turtle. It was an excellent way to finish a week of diving Rose, Exuma and Eleuthera Islands.
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