Log Date: Saturday, Apr 18, 2015
Entry By: Sun Dancer II Crew
Sun Dancer II
Water Temp: 82-84 F
Vis: 80-120 Ft
Crew: Captain Eddy, First Mate John, Engineer Simon, Dive master William Bubu, Chef Jerry, Stewardess Elia, Assistant Chef Jean and Onboard Assistant Conway!
Dive Sites Visited:
Sunday: Long Caye Ridge and Sand Box
Monday: Site X and Julies Jungle
Tuesday: Uno Coco and Long Caye Wall
Wednesday: Blue Hole & Site Y
Thursday: Half Moon Caye Wall, Painted Wall, Silver Caves
Friday: Sandy Slope
This week started just as we expected after taking a close look at the rooming list and seeing names that we recognized it made us even more exited for another incredible week, as Megan mention last week after being back from the Dominican Republic swimming with the Whales and now all happy to be diving again. On Saturday we welcomed on board: Denise, Richard, John & Jan who was with us a few time in the pass, Geoffrey & Rene, Thomas & Stephanie, Chris & Silvia, David, Allan, Charles, William, Kathleen, Carolyn, Carl, Helmut, Andy & Judith.
After the big welcoming aboard the divers happily got set up on the dive deck and in their cabins. When it was time everyone gathered upstairs in the salon and the evening entertainment included the welcome & safety briefing and a delicious dinner prepared by Chef Jerry. Later the Sun Dancer II set out to begin the crossing out to Light House Reef.
The first day of diving started the next morning at Long Caye Ridge followed by Sand Box. Mass amounts of Creole Wrasse were a warm welcome. There was a super cute drum fish that fluttered all around making its repetitive design as the divers passed by. Also on the same dive site there was a very friendly hawksbill turtle that went along the wall with the divers.
During the afternoon dives we had an awesome Green Moray, trigger fish and even the sting rays came out and made for great sightings. The night divers also had some great sighting such as squids. Lobsters, Crabs, Tarpons and the high light of a night dive an Octopus.
After the night dive we move the vessel over to a nice and calm area where the party continues with the best Official company whine that everybody enjoyed.
The next day started at Dive Site X and later ended at Julies Jungle, it was another fantastic day of diving, X was just as beautiful as before some describe it as a hidden garden, this is one of those site that has a lot of soft coral and different type of sponges everywhere, one of the high lights of the dive was a few Barrel Sponges with a Lobster or two inside.,
The afternoon was great we saw Squids, a big green Moray, Scorpion Fish and a very big Loggerhead Turtle and Thousands of Creole Wrasses on the wall, just the perfect way to end a day of diving.
Tuesday morning we started the day at Uno Coco, this site has a wall with a dramatic drop off and the possibility of seeing a few Reef Shark which we did, as they glide effortless through the water closer each time providing a perfect opportunity for great videos and photography, we also saw two extra large Green Moray free swimming on the wall and another Loggerhead Turtle, a few very friendly Groupers that actually did some star modeling for us, the afternoon dives was just as good, we had a few Reef Sharks again, and this time the videographers were ready and capture some of the best footage of the week, the night dive was a plus as always .
Wednesday was another glorious day as we head up to the great Blue Hole as plan everyone was all exited and ready for the new adventure, after and explicit briefing all twenty diver got into the water, and they all came back with a smile to add that the Stalactites were all still there and how amazing off a dive it was swimming under and around these forty foot long Stalactites, for the rest of the day we move over to the South end side of Hat Caye to site Y, this was a very relaxing dive all in the shallow reef with plenty of soft coral and thousands of schooling small fish among all the other beautiful creatures around.
Thursday we were able to make it over to Half Moon Caye one of the highlight dives of the week, here we saw a few Spotted Eagle Ray, A big Green Moray and a few Reef Shark, Hermit Crabs, Garden Eels, Pipe Fish, and of course all the friendly groupers that are usually t there to greet you as you enter the water, yes indeed it was a great dive.
We then move over to Painted Wall, when it comes to a shallow dive I think this is a must on the list, here we saw hundreds of Sergeant majors, Blue Bell Tunicates, Green Moray that actually touch a few lenses seeing his self at the reflection of the lens, Painted Tunicates, big schools of Bermuda Chubs and an Octopus that hang around for all who wanted to participate, it was a great dive but to honor of our Guest we made a third move and spend the rest of the day at Silver Caves, the highlight of this dive was the elusive resident beautiful Sea Horse who all awaited to meet , later that night we continue moving around, this time it was over to Turneffe Island where we will do our Friday morning dives.
Friday morning started with an early continental breakfast followed by a dive and then Breakfast, this is the day that all who wishes can get an early morning dive for a change in the week, the site is Sandy Slope, very shallow reef and lot to see, as divers come up with a smile on their faces happy to know that they were able to participate in such a wonderful week of diving.
The week was fun filled and we as a crew would like to thank each and every one of you for joining us this week, we hope you enjoyed being here as much as we enjoyed having you.
On behalf of the entire crew of the Sun Dancer II Thank You!
Where ever you go, whatever you do, be SAFE we love you!!