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Carib Dancer Captain’s Log 22-29 August 2015
Air Temp. 81-93+ F
Water Temp. 84-89 F
Dive Master Brent
Michaele B., Vicky, Rebecca, Karen, Robin, Gail, Dick, Michele, James, Marian, Allan, Roselyn, Cory
Sunday – Pillar Wall, Cave Rock
Monday – Cobia Cage, Cut-N-Run, Split Coral Head
Tuesday – Cut Thru City, Tunnel Rock, Up Jump the Devil, Dog Rocks
Wednesday – Crab Mountain, Austin Smith (Wreck), Flat Rock, Plane Wreck
Thursday – Jewfish Wall, Whales Tail Wall, Blacktip Wall, Washing Machine Drift
Saturday August 22nd
Once the guest boarded the Carib Dancer, we departed our home dock of Elizabeth On Bay in downtown Nassau and made our way to the Exuma Islands. Our guest enjoyed a sky full of stars and calm seas while cruising toward the Exuma Islands.
Sunday August 23rd
Our first dive the week was on Pillar Wall just off Highborne Cay. While exploring the colorful wall and a few swim thru’s on Pillar Wall we saw schools of Horse-Eye Jacks, Atlantic Spadefish, A Great Barracuda and a few Sharks. After Pillar Wall we headed East to the Island of Eleuthera and Cave Rock. It’s always a good time to dive Cave Rock but I really like this site for a late afternoon and night dive. Today it was perfect, with Orange Spiny Sea Rods, Several Types of Sea Plumes and a variety of other Soft and Hard Corals. Some of the highlights was several groupers hat came for a close up, a Hawksbill Turtle that stayed around a few guest and an Octopus that showed it’s colors at night.
Monday August 24th
The Cape Eleuthera Institute does some research and educational programs. One of the projects was the Cobia Cage. At one time the school use to raise Cobia but along came Hurricane Sandy and the Cage was damaged. It has since been repaired but still waiting for new residents. In the mean time it makes for an excellent dive site. The top of Cobia Cage is in about 15-feet of water while the bottom sits around the 70-foot mark. The Cage looking like a Huge UFO is located on the edge of a Wonderful Wall, so while diving it you can explore the wall and some of the Marine Life that now live on or near the cage. It was a Wonderful Way to start a Monday Morning, no suit or tie just warm clear, calm water. After playing around the Cage and seeing Several Schools of Fish, Large Sting Rays and one of the Biggest Black Groupers Around we made way to Cut-N-Run. We took pictures and video of part of a plane, an anchor encrusted with corals and sponges and a brightly colored wall. Good pictures of Sea Whips, Tube Sponges, Mackerel, Grouper and Black Coral. To finish the day the Carib Dancer cruised south along the coast of Eleuthera to a dive site called Split Coral Head. I think we saw just about as much as a diver can see while underwater. We had Spadefish swimming around us; we found Scorpionfish, Banded Coral Shrimp, Star Horseshoe Worms, Caribbean Spiny Lobsters and Hawksbill Turtle, plus about 8 Caribbean Reef Sharks swimming with a few inches divers.
Tuesday August 25th
Before heading back west to the Exuma Islands we stopped at Cut Thru City and Tunnel Rock. Between those to dive sites we could have stayed the entire day and never would have gotten tired of these sites. We saw Lettuce Sea Slug, Spotted Moray Eels, Channel Clinging Crabs, Cero Mackerel, Hundreds of Garden Eels, Lobsters, Loggerhead Turtle Nurse and Caribbean Reef Sharks and a Great Hammerhead Sharks. The cruise back to Exuma was smooth with a following sea and our first stop was Up Jump The Devil. One of the crew’s personal favorite, Up Jump the Devil has lots of Swim Thru’s, Canyons and a huge variety of corals that spread along its Magnificent Wall. We finish the day on my favorite dive site in the Northern Exuma’s, Dog Rocks. Guest enjoyed Swim Thru’s, Canyons, and an awesome wall, colorful Sponges, Black Coral, Sharks, Lobsters, Moray Eels, Turtles, Octopus and Squid, just to name a few things. Again it was an excellent day of diving on the Carib Dancer.
Wednesday August 26th
It was a colorful Sunrise from our anchorage at Little Ship’s Channel. After raising the anchor we navigated from the Great Bahama Bank through the island and rocks around Little Ship’s Channel to the Exuma Sound and our first dive site of the day Crab Mountain. While diving Crab Mountain, we did see Crabs. Small Crabs like the Yellowline Arrow Crab to the Large Channel Clinging Crabs. Also around Crab Mountain were Colorful Corals, Caribbean Spiny Lobsters, Queen Angelfish and Turtles. For our dive it was time for a little excitement, like diving with some Sharks. For that experience we splashed on the Wreck of the Austin Smith, where we encountered, Friendly Angelfish, Nassau Groupers, Large Black Groupers and even a nice size Goliath Grouper. It had been a while since we have seen the Goliath Grouper, which made for a wonderful surprise. But the best was having Lots of Caribbean Reek Sharks swim close to you, sometimes within a few inches. The Wreck of the Austin Smith is always a fun dive with the Sharks. For the early afternoon we moved to a shallow dive site called Flat Rock Reef. The deepest pat of this reek is only about 28-30 feet deep most of it about 15 feet. While it may be a shallow dive it is full of Marine Life. Several guests after the dive commented about Flat Rock Reef saying this is what they look for in a reef, Lots of Fish, Creatures and Corals. We ended the later afternoon and night on the Plane Wreck just off Ship’s Channel. Divers enjoyed seeing, large and Juvenile Queen Conch, Southern, Yellow and Roughtail Stingrays, Crabs, Sea Stars and a Huge Porcupinefish that was over 2 feet in size.
Thursday August 27th
Jewfish Wall was our start and while this is a fun reef and wall seeing Black Coral, Large Sponges of in a multitude of colors, Hard and Soft Corals with tropical Fish swimming all around, it was the Three Spotted Eaglerays that everyone enjoyed the most. Just before lunch we stopped at Whales Tail Wall. Guest enjoyed swimming through one of the longest swim thru’s in the Northern Exuma Islands. Starting about 35 feet we entered the opening, which was surrounded by a garden of several types of Gorgonians and exited around 80 feet into the Dark Blue Waters of the Exuma Sound. Following the wall up we saw Mackerel, Parrotfish, Spadefish, Snappers and Sharks. Our last dive in the Exuma Sound was Blacktip Wall. When diving on Blacktip we had a few of options. We can stay shallow on top of the wall where the reef is large a garden with ledges where creatures and fish hide or travel down the wall and enjoy Sea Whips, Large Sponges, Soft Corals, Big Canyons and Swim Thru’s or we can do both. Well our group was up for it all enjoyed everything Blacktip Wall has to offer. A couple of highlights was in one of the swim thru’s swimming through several hundred Silversides and while on top of the reef having a couple of Caribbean Reef Sharks near you. We ended our day by diving the Washing Machine. The Washing Machine is a drift dive between the islands of Highborne Cay and Oyster Cay as the tide is rising. When drifting you have a chance to enter an area that spins you around underwater like being in a raise cycle of a washing machine. After spinning or drifting between the two islands we enjoy a slow drift over Basket Star Reef, where there’s a plethora of Marine Life to enjoy.
Friday August 28th
Due to the uncertainty of Tropical Storm Erika, which at the time was a long way away in the Caribbean, the Carib Dancer took her time made way back to our home dock. Our guest enjoyed a relaxing day half a day by visiting different museums, open café and restaurants before a cocktail party given by the crew back on the Carib Dancer.
The Crew Had A Wonderful Time Diving And Exploring With Our Guest And Would Like to Thank Everyone For Joining Us On The Carib Dancer In The Bahamas!!!
Come Join The Adventure In The Bahamas, Hope To See Everyone Soon…
Carib Dancer Crew