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Sun Dancer II
July 18-25 , 2015
Water Temp: 82-84 F
Visa: 100 feet
Crew: Captain Megan, First Mate John, Engineer Simon, Divemaster William, Chef Jerry, Assistant Chef Carlos and Stewardess Elia
Dive Sites Visited:
Sunday - Julie’s Jungle and Long Caye Wall
Monday - Half Moon Caye Wall and Long Caye Ridge
Tuesday - Site X and Eagle Ray Wall
Wednesday - East Cut and Quebrada
Thursday - Painted Wall and Silver Cave
Friday - Silver Cave
Divers: Chris, Judy, Terry, Marene, Jimmy, Steve, Rachelle, Tyler, Pam, Tom, Catherine, Kevin, Travis, Rob, Nic, Mack, Laura, Greg, Heather and Jeff
An incredible week of diving and welcoming back onboard our friends and family! We were so happy to have Chris, Judy, Terry, Marene, Jimmy, Steve, Mack, Greg and Heather joining us again onboard and under water, and of course we were so happy to meet our new friends and family who we hope also come back to dive with us in the future!
Saturday we were happy to show everyone to their staterooms and help them set up on the dive deck, the excitement was in the air and all the laughs and fun started right away! After a delicious dinner the Sun Dancer II set out for a fun filled week.
Sunday morning and afternoon offered the divers a variety of sea creatures to enjoy and appreciate from the first dive of Judy celebrating her 3000th dive the party was started right with flamingo tongues, free swimming moray eels, a baby school of Sargent Majors under the boat and wire coral shrimp off the wall. There was a cool file fish and blennies to check out including a sail fin and even a scorpion fish was discovered on the first dive site! The second site of the day offered 3 different sharks 2 turtles (one very accommodating to photographs) and tarpon, bermuda chubs, tunicates, and trigger fish and southern rays. It was an incredible first day and everyone was very happy. The night dive included such cool and interesting sightings as a turtle, squid, octopus, tarpon out hunting, more sting rays and sea urchins running around all over the reef.
Monday was amazing at Half Moon Caye Wall, the white sand, grass, and reef are home to a million different creatures from large to small including garden eels and a surprise shark that was on the sand cruising along, a turtle and spotted eagle ray rounded out the top most talked about sightings of the first dive. On the second dive at this site the excitement continued with more spotted eagle rays, sharks, a friendly grouper named Stanley and it was so amazing the divers decided to stay for a third dive at this site. The sting rays and sharks, spotted eagle rays and pipe horses and pipe fish and other fun joyous creatures all made it another amazing dive and the fun continued as we headed over to the other side of Long Caye wall when a school of dolphins decided to run and jump past us along the way! Once diving there was a lot to see underwater including a wild eel, turtle and of course more photogenic rays!
Tuesday we had the opportunity to dive Site X and Eagle Ray Wall! The big fans and spotted eagle ray spotted in the shallows were a couple of the most popular sightights and later in the afternoon a turtle, moray, baby shark, the BIGGEST puffer fish ever and neck crabs, free swimming eels, logger head turtles and eagle rays! What an amazing day of diving, so much fun onboard and of course off the wall and over the reef.
Wednesday took us over to East cut where sharks decided to show up and create some memorable moments. With four different sharks making an appearance you could say it was a regular sharknado (with out them flying out of the water) but really making it a wonderful experience to be underwater with such a beautiful dive site and photogenic sea creatures. There were two spotted eagle rays and a really cool scorpion fish seen and appreciated as well. The afternoon dives offered up some awesome turtle and tarpon action as well as really incredible atmosphere along the top of the reef and macro wonders to discover along the wall. There were tunicates and chubs, jacks and Sargent majors all around and on the night dive a really cool baby squid school was the highlight and Greg enjoyed getting to see so much night diving creatures.
On Thursday we had a really beautiful morning two dives at Painted Wall which is famous for its variety of colors (hens the name of painted wall) also the shallow top of the reef helps the reef absorb the light and give off a wonderland effect of bright fish and corals. The Spotted Eagle ray that passed below and wild eel that came out from the reef were a few of the first surprises , a baby shark and day time octopus were other highlights. At silver cave site in the afternoon revealed our famous HUGE seahorse that we like to try and find every week including a bunch of lobster and even a spaghetti worm were fun to check out, also the shark of course.
Sandy Slope was a dive that offered a wonderful variety along the ‘sandy slope’ and surrounding reef. 8 sting rays were seen right away in the sand and a big peacock flounder as well as the elusive sargasm trigger fish. Three spotted eagle rays a really friendly ramora and spotted drums were also very fun to check out. There was a bunch of adorably small bar jacks and a turtle, more flounders and lobsters including a really small slender file fish that posed for some nice macro pictures.
On behalf of all the crew we would like to thank you for joining us this week, it was a pleasure to have you on board and a delight to have our friend return to say hi and dive with us again. Thank you again and we look forward to your return!
WE LOVE YOU!!!