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Carib Dancer Captain’s Log 10-17 October 2015
Air Temp. 78-84+ F
Water Temp. 82-84 F
2nd Captain David
Dive Master Ramon
Al, Eric, George, Gretta, John, Barbara, Leo, Christine, Hans, Alessandra, Fabio, Moke and Paul
Sunday – Periwinkle Reef, Blue Hole, Crab Reef
Monday – Dog Rocks, Austin Smith
Tuesday – Up Jump The Devil, Cut-N-Run, Tunnel Rock
Wednesday – Cobia Cage, Cut Thru City, Cave Rock
Thursday – Split Coral Head, Blacktip Wall, Jewfish Wall, Flat Rock Reef
Friday – Pillar Wall
After Carib Dancer’s Guest were all aboard and settled in, we departed our home dock of Elizabeth On Bay for the short ride out to our anchorage area off Rose Island. Guest enjoyed a clear night full of stars while anchored close to or first dive site Periwinkle Reef.
Shortly after breakfast we raised the anchor and made the 2000-foot trip to anchor next to the three shallow reefs that make up Periwinkle Reef. Because it’s a shallow dive site with a huge variety of Tropical Fish, Stingrays and Colorful Corals Periwinkle is an excellent dive site to check weights and photo equipment. After enjoying Periwinkle Reef we stopped and enjoyed the Blue Hole. Normally we do the Blue Hole towards the end of the week however conditions were perfect for us to take advantage of this wonderful dive site. Like always the Blue Hole was full of Marine Life. We enjoyed seeing several types of Clams, Oysters, Flat Worms, Stingrays, Loggerhead Turtles, Schooling Fish and Nurse, Caribbean Reef, Lemon Sharks. Time to travel towards the Exuma Islands during lunch. Our first stop in the Exuma’s is Crab Reef where we encountered Gray, French and Queen Angelfish, Lobsters, Spotted Eels, Large Black Grouper, Hundreds of Silversides inside of Swim Thru’s and more Caribbean Reef Sharks. It was a very good Sunday in the Bahamas!
How do we top an awesome Sunday on a Monday morning, we head to my favorite dive site in the Northern Exuma’s called Dog Rocks. This is one of those dive sites that make it easy to get lost with a maze of Swim Thru’s and Canyons that are full of Marine Life. A very colorful wall with huge bight Orange Elephant Ear Sponges, Black Coral most everywhere you look and Schools of Snappers, Horse-Eye Jacks and Mackerel. We also had Angelfish that let you get close for good pictures, Spotted Moray Eels and a few small Sharks. After seeing some of these Sharks we wanted more. It was time to dive the Wreck of the Austin Smith, where we always get up close and personal with several Caribbean Reef Sharks. Today 11 Sharks came into the area and stayed to play. We also enjoyed large Black Groupers, a few small Nassau and Tiger Groupers and even some Angelfish that came in close for a picture or two. Add hundreds of Silversides and a Moray Eel and it was a full day taking pictures and video for everyone.
After enjoying a very calm night while moored to the Austin Smith, in the early AM we drop the mooring and the Carib Dancer headed North to the dive site Up Jump The Devil. Everyone enjoy this Amazing Wall that’s full of color. Up Jump The Devil is another dive site where we enjoy lots of Swim Thru’s and Canyons. Close up pictures of Ocean Triggerfish, Lobsters, Eels and some beautiful soft corals shots. With nearly perfect weather we decided to go explore another area, so we headed East to the Island of Eleuthera. Once we arrived in Eleuthera we explored the Anchor that’s Encrusted and wedged in the Colorful Wall of Cut-N-Run. Swimming along the anchor chain up and over into the sandy area near coral heads we could see the small plane wreck. Also during the first dive in Eleuthera we saw Jack, Mackerel, Rosy Razorfish, Giant Hermit Crab, Tiny Yellowline Arrow Crab and a Spotted Eagle Ray. We ended the day and night on Tunnel Rock. Tunnel Rock is always good for small creatures, like the Arrow Crab or the Neck Crabs and Lobsters. We saw all that and more including everyone favorite to find an Octopus.
The Cobia Cage, which looks like a big UFO sitting on the edge of a very colorful wall, was our dive number one. The Cape Eleuthera Institute to raise Cobia built this huge structure and because it’s been there for several years it’s now home for Large Black Grouper, Big Rainbow and Midnight Parrotfish, Roughtail Stingrays, Atlantic Spadefish as well as many other fish and creatures. The Carib Dancer made her way South to the dive site called Cut Thru City. This is one of my favorite sites because we have a choice of small creatures on top of the wall or lots of Swim Thru’s and Canyons along the wall. Some of the Marine Life we encountered was Spotted Scorpionfish, Spotted Moray Eels, Rays, Tiny Arrow Blenny, Nurse and Caribbean Reef Sharks and as our guest Eric said one of the Biggest Hogfish he’s ever seen. Once of my favorite events this dive was my buddy Leo and I finding one of the smallest Bearded Fireworm we have ever seen anywhere. Large or Small Cut Thru City had it all for us to enjoy. Our late afternoon and night dive was on Cave Rock. Guest of the Carib Dancer was able to easily find Yellow Rays, Southern Stingrays, Schools of Jacks, Fairy Basslets, Blue and Brown Chromis, Maze Corals, Star Coral, Sharptail Eel and Octopus. Cave Rock had lots more for us to enjoy but you have to come see for yourself.
Before heading back to dive the Exuma Islands we made one more stop off Eleuthera. The dive site we selected was Split Coral Head. Spilt Coral Head has it all a shallow area covered with small creatures and schooling fish and a very colorful wall to explore, in between the two we have Sharks! About 9 Caribbean Reef Sharks swim up close sometimes with inches of everyone, which give us excellent photo and videos to enjoy later. Guest enjoyed clear skies; calm seas and a BBQ while we cross the Exuma Sound to our first dive site returning back to the Exuma Islands call Blacktip Wall. While exploring the Canyons and Swim Thru we saw Atlantic Spadefish, Cleaning Gobies, Princess Parrotfish and Mackerel. While looking at Colorful Sea Rods, Bushy Black Coral and Feather Black Coral we had a couple of Caribbean Reef Sharks come into our area. Next was Jewfish wall. Today on Jewfish Wall everywhere we looked on top of the wall was schools of Chromis, Silversides, Juvenile Creole Wrasse and Gobies. Our guest and my dive buddy on this dive Leo found a Huge Spotted Scorpionfish that was camouflage so good we almost swam past while it watched us. To finish the day we made our way to the shallows to dive Flat Rock Reef. Best night dive of the week was tonight on Flat Rock Reef. It was a full night watching the different creatures like the Caribbean Spiny Lobster, Sculptured Slipper Lobster, Channel Clinging Crabs, Octopus and a rare find by our guest Alessandra a Measled Cowrie.
The Carib Dancer and her guest finished a Fantastic week of diving with an Awesome dive on Pillar Wall. During the dive guest enjoyed schools of Snappers, Jacks, along the top of the wall Butterflyfish, Parrotfish and Groupers. Also we had Several Caribbean Reef Sharks, a Hawksbill Turtle and Three Spotted Eagle Rays, one being Very friendly swimming up close and personal for a few guest. We did enjoy a variety of Marine Life in the Bahamas!
The Crew would like to Thank Everyone For Joining Us On The Carib Dancer In The Bahamas!!! Don’t Miss Out On Your Adventure On The Carib Dancer!!
Hope To See Everyone Soon…
Carib Dancer Crew