Turks & Caicos Aggressor II
27 June – 4 July 2015
Air temperature: 78° - 82°
Water temperature: 78° - 79°
Visibility: 40 - 70 feet
Captain: AMANDA SMITH
2nd Captain: MARC POVEY
Engineer: ROB SMITH
Video Pro: KELLY CURRINGTON
Chef: AILSA KELLY
Stewardess: KAHAIL SMITH
Bobby and Jenny, Cathy, Vicki, Peggy and Sharon, Keith, Eric, Kreis, Gregg, Charlie and Patti, Kelly, Karen, Mike, Danny and of course Alan and Holly.
Turks & Caicos: West Caicos, Northwest Point
After being welcomed on board the Turks and Caicos Aggressor, our guests settled in and acquainted themselves with the vessel and one another. The Turks and Caicos Aggressor then departed Turtle Cove Marina and made way to French Cay while Chef Ailsa served up a delectable dinner followed by the formalities of the safety briefing. Bedtime followed.
Weary bodies started to appear from the depths of the vessel as smells of breakfast filled the salon. We enjoyed a fortifying breakfast and then the diving began. We first splashed into “Eel Garden’. This fantastic checkout dive produced a spotted moray, French angelfish, horse eye jacks, massive barrel sponges, gorgonian sea fans and an array of garden eels of course. The dive was so good that we returned for another. It was then time for Amphitheatre. Here we enjoyed the company of a Caribbean reef shark making close passes and a hawksbill turtle. We also came across trumpet fish, hogfish, jacks, parrotfish and an octopus strolling the reef. Great dives! Dinner and a night dive was followed by a well-deserved slumber.
The “Dome” got our attention for our morning dive. The ‘Dome’ is a large structure that was used for a pilot series of a reality game show many years ago. It is encrusted with coral, sponges, and swarmed with snappers and jacks. In the structure itself we found a number of secretary blennies poking their heads out to see what all the fuss is about as this gaggle of divers swam by. We also had the company of a few feisty Sgt majors protecting their eggs. We were fortunate enough to find yet another octopus out during the day. After a scrumptious lunch, we made passage to West Caicos and splashed into “Whiteface”. This site is also known as “Spanish Anchor” due to a fowled anchor that is a highlight of the dive. It is said that the anchor of Spanish origin is over 200 years old. It is quite easy to miss the anchor as it is well encrusted with coral life. We also came across conch, yellow head jaw fish and a myriad of reef fish as we meandered the plateau beneath the yacht. Sharks made an appearance along with jacks and the usual reef suspects. Our night dive followed a BBQ dinner and a few guests tried out the black light night dive for a different perspective of the usual night dive. With the black light ‘alien’ creatures appear since surreal colors appear and other colors disappear. Bedtime came too soon once again.
A new day began. ‘Driveway’ was up next. Sharks and an affable turtle were seen on their morning stroll and almost bumped into each other as they passed one another. Some yellow head jaw fish and creole wrasse were also out and about on this lovely morning dive. We surfaced to the sounds of Jimmy Buffet as chef Ailsa prepared cheeseburgers in paradise. After the feast we jumped into Magic Mushroom with stingrays fluttering along the sand looking for their dinner and completely ignored it’s audience. We stumbled across a few colorful nudibranchs, channel crabs, shrimps and a juvenile blue tang. This put an end to a great days diving.
Fueled up with a hearty breakfast the pool opened to ‘Gullies’. It greeted us with gin clear water where we found spotted eels, shrimps, garden eels and some horse eyed jacks hiding in the shadow of the yacht. A turtle made a brief appearance before leisurely cruising down the reef. After lunch we splashed into “Boat Cove”. Here the magnificent wall with nooks and crannies provided us with loads of exploration possibilities. Soft coral and sponges dominated with lobsters watching us as we swam by. The night dive proved rather delightful as nudis and crustaceans were sighted out and about their nightly routine.
Morning broke over the Turks and Caicos Islands and set the stage for a good days diving. First up was ‘Elephant Ear Canyon’, the Lembe of Turks and Caicos. The dive was filled with a cacophony of tank banging as little critters were seen. One after the other with the likes of pipe fish, pipe horses, a sea horse and head shield slugs to name a few. Unperturbed by our presence, stingrays with their own bar jack entourage shuffled in the sand digging up potential prey. This was arguably the best dive of the trip. The Turks & Caicos Aggressor then made way to North West Point to “Stairway”. Here the topography changed a bit from what we were used to at West Caicos. The wall here was carved with plate coral resembling steps. It was also covered in tube sponges and barrel sponges. Grunts and creole wrasse filled the edge of the wall. Flamingo tongues, spotted drums and smooth trunkfish were also spotted on this lovely dive.
We kicked off with ‘Pinnacle” for our morning dives. A plethora of reef fish scattered the reef and a turtle also came by to bid us farewell. These were delightful dives and a great way to end the trip. The Turks and Caicos Aggressor then made passage back to Turtle Cove Marina and guests lounged in the sun taking in the beautiful sights of the islands. Captain Amanda invited all guests and crew for wine and cheese on the sun deck. Here we all had a cocktail while reminiscing on a wonderful week diving the Turks and Caicos Islands. We bid our new friends a safe trip back home and look forward to having them eat, sleep and dive with us again soon!