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Log Date: Saturday, Jul 25, 2015
Entry By: Sun Dancer II Crew









 



Sun Dancer II
July 25 - Aug 1

Water Temp: 82 F
Visa: 100 + feet
Weather: Sunny with light breeze

Crew: Captain Eddy, 2nd Captain Megan, First Mate John, Engineer Simon, Chef Carlos, Assistant Chef Barbara, Stewardess Elia

Dive Sites Visited:
Sunday - Long Caye Ridge & Eagle Ray Wall
Monday - Half Moon Caye & Dos Chichas
Tuesday - East Cut & Julie’s Jungle
Wednesday - The BLUE Hole and Long Caye Wall
Thursday - Painted Wall Silver Cave
Friday - Sandy Slope

Divers joining us this week:  Jim, Dar, Mark, Tammy, Mike, Yesenia, Bill, Maggie, John, Ward, Lana, Cindy, Joanne, Michele, Teresa, Rhonda, merlin, Debra, Cindy and Natalie

What a wonderful amazing week! First we were super excited to welcome back Jim, Dar, Mark, Tammy, Maggie, John, Ward and Lana!  It is always our favorite to see friends return and bring more friends with them to enjoy being onboard and underwater with us.  After room introductions and getting set up on the dive deck the divers enjoyed a very informative briefing before an even more enjoyable dinner before the Sun Dancer II set out to Lighthouse Reef!

The first dives of the morning offered very lovely sea creature sightings and a wonderful reef structure to hover and glide around on while getting acclimated to the warm clear water.  A shark sighting in addition to lobsters were some of the most fun and among all of the fish and colorful fans and sponges.  In the afternoon at Eagle Ray wall it held up to its name and the divers were able to check out one of the most majestic creatures souring past and the wire coral and other elephant ear sponges added so much dimensions to the wall and reef teaming with life and activity.  From the small blennies all the way up to the schools of blue tangs everything was out and about.  One diver enjoyed seeing a trumpet fish right in the middle of the blue tang herd, roaming along side by side and eating with them.  The night dive had a wonderful amount of cool stuff  including squid, octopus and other delightful creatures we all love to love.

Half Moon Caye Wall is arguably of the best dive sites in the area and never disappoints. We had the delightful opportunity to see sting rays all over the sand and grass, sharks, spotted eagle rays and one that slowly passed the divers along the wall.  Later in the afternoon there were three sharks seen and of course the whole atmosphere of the site creates the perfect underwater paradise, a tropical wonderland of life and scenery.  The later dives at Dos Chichas also had a lot to offer and the night dive especially provided a lot to appreciate including a baby squid, because who doesn’t love tiny adorable alien like sea creatures! Another ‘best of’ sighting was a very cooperative ‘Ten Minute’ octopus that was obviously available to be seen and photographed for a better part of ten minutes, hence giving it the name.

Tuesday was wonderful at East Cut and turtles, spotted eagle rays, sharks and lobsters were seen everywhere.  It was such an incredible dive everyone said it was difficult to know where to look because something exciting would be happening in one area and you might be missing a sea creature. Everyone agreed it was one of the best dives of the week.  The afternoon at Julie’s Jungle had a HUGE eel that was very fun and amazing to check out along with some super cool light bulb jellies all creating a cool effect underwater that if you look close you can see them and if you look past you might miss them.  The night dive again offered awesome opportunities to see fun surprises that the divers said were notable including octopus and urchins, squids and lobsters.
 
The Blue Hole was the plan for Wednesday and the Blue Hole it was. It was a very memorable dive because most had never experienced such a site, so everyone said they were happy to be able to say they had ‘dove the Blue Hole’ which was followed by an island adventure before a delicious lunch was served onboard.  The afternoon dives at Long Cay Wall had the most gorgeous afternoon dives of the week with 3 sharks, spotted eagle rays, tunicates and a big crab. So much beauty and color spectrum on the top of the reef where the light was illuminating every coral and fish.  After the night dive one diver came back to report a sting ray that swam right up to them almost two inches away!  Very exciting and fun to hear about on the dive deck post awesome night dive!

Thursday at Painted Wall was really fun and enjoyable with the instant the divers took their giant strides fish all around creating entertaining and memorable moments for them.  One diver received a funny welcome from the Bermuda Chubs that left her wondering why they were so interested in her and later in the day she noticed that they were on a curious rampage and thought it was funny that they would swarm the divers and make a lot of photogenic opportunities for them. Off the wall and along the top of the reef there were countless cool things to check out and a moray out and about was just one of them.  A day time octopus was seen and appreciated as well as spotted eagle rays and the chance to get a manicure from the local pederson shrimp.  At Silver Cave the giant Sea Horse was a highlight along with the spotted eagle rays, sharks and eels!!!  It was an incredible day of diving and the Thursday Night dinner was a feast of fun and friendship as everyone agreed it was a truly enjoyable week.

The fun was not over as the morning divest at Sandy Slope provided numerous ‘cool stuff’ sightings including lobsters, a black grouper that stayed close to the divers, a golden eel, a toad fish, spotted moray eel, a HUGE southern sting ray, scorpion fish, peacock flounder, channel cleaning crab and a turtle.  The morning dives were enjoyable and everyone agreed again that it was a wonderful week onboard and underwater.

We would like to thank you all for joining us and look forward to getting the chance to dive with you again!

WE LOVE YOU!!!