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Turks & Caicos Aggressor II
11-18 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
Stewardess: KAHAIL SMITH
Chef: AILSA KELLY
Bob & Linda, Mike & Maria, Jack, Spider, Jay, Teena, Cheryl, Ken & Deborah, Tish, Cole, Harold, Nick and the group leader Euel from Mermot Springs
Turks & Caicos; French Cay, 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 North West Point 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 as the name suggests, a myriad of garden eels. The dive was so good that we returned for another. It was then time for ‘Amphitheatre’. Here we enjoyed the company of a hawksbill turtle simply cruising the wall in search of a delicious sponge. At the amphitheatre we enjoyed the forest of black coral and sea fans with little decorator crabs and arrow crabs climbing about like monkeys in a tree. We also came across trumpet fish, hogfish, jacks and parrotfish. Great dives! Dinner was followed by a well-deserved slumber.
Early in the morning the Turks and Caicos Aggressor made passage to West Caicos. We started the day by visiting ‘Driveway,. Sharks made an appearance along with jacks and the usual reef suspects and again an affable turtle joined us on a leisurely swim. After lunch we splashed into ‘Whiteface’. Greeted with gin clear water, we glided down to the wall and came across coral encrusted Spanish anchor. It is said that the anchor of Spanish origin is over 200 years old. We continued along this stunning wall inspecting every nook and cranny. We also came across conch, yellow head jaw fish, a myriad of reef fish and a flying gurnard as we meandered the plateau beneath the yacht. Fun was had by all. For the night dive we came across an octopus, eels and stingrays fluttering along the sand looking for their dinner completely ignoring their audience. We also stumbled across a few colourful nudibranchs, channel crabs, shrimps and a juvenile blue tang. This put an end to a great days diving.
Morning broke over the Turks and Caicos Islands and set the stage for a good days diving as we headed over to French Cay. ‘Rock ‘n Roll’ was up first. Here most notably we enjoyed the company of several Caribbean reef sharks making rather close passes right under the yacht. As we headed to the wall we encountered a turtle. Not long after that when exploring the wall an eagle ray caught our eye as it majestically flew by. On the back to the yacht we saw barracuda, horse eye jacks, parrotfish a scrawled file fish and Spanish hogfish to name a few. We surfaced to the sounds of Jimmy Buffet as chef Ailsa prepared cheeseburgers in paradise. After the feast we jumped into ‘G-Spot’. Arguably one of the best dive sites in the Turks and Caicos Islands, ‘G-Spot’ yet again did not disappoint. Again we were greeted with Caribbean reef sharks and turtles and as we reached the ‘G-Spot’ the wall filled with life as we swam through a forest of gorgonian se fans and creole wrasse cascading down the wall with black jack under full patrol seeking out a potential meal. This dive was truly memorable. We headed back to West Caicos for the night dive at ‘Driveway’. A tranquil night dive with a baby octopus and nudis concluded a wonderful days diving.
A new day began. A crepuscular dive at ‘Gullies’ seemed in order. The transition from dark to light gave us the opportunity to see the reef come to life as the evening shift was retiring and the early shift were clocking in. This proved to be a wonderful way to start the day. For those of us that preferred a more civilized hour to go diving were returned to ‘Gullies’ for another fantastic dive. Sharks and an affable turtle were also seen on their morning stroll. After lunch it was time for ‘Boat Cove’. Here we explored the beautiful wall features with all its nooks and crannies and came across little arrow blennies, eels, and some lobsters. Also we were treated with the egg guarding ritual of the oceanic triggerfish. They were rather feisty as anything that approached their egg burrows were attacked. This was a very entertaining dive.
Another beautiful day broke in the Turks and Caicos Islands as we headed to our first dive site. ‘Elephant Ear Canyon’, the Lembe of Turks and Caicos seemed the obvious choice. The dive was filled with a cacophony of tank banging as little critters were seen. One after the other with the likes of pipefish, head shield slugs to name a few. What a magnificent dive! Fuelled up with a hearty lunch Turks and Caicos Aggressor set passage to the north west point of Provo for a dive at the ‘Dome’. 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. 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.
We kicked off with ‘Pinnaclesl’ 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!