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Carib Dancer Captain’s Log 7-14 Nov 2015
Air Temp. 77-83+ F
Water Temp. 82-84 F
2nd Captain David
Dive Master Ramon
Erlend, Chris, Kjeli, Morten, Lotte, Aage, Rolf, Svein, Even, Geri, Arnfinn, Monican, Melissa
Sunday – Periwinkle Reef, Blue Hole, Crab Reef
Monday – Whale Shark Wall, Crab Mountain, Wreck of the Austin Smith
Tuesday – Blacktip Wall, 3 Peaks
Wednesday – Swimming Pigs, Wall City, Danger Reef
Thursday – Shroud Wall, Austin Smith, Washing Machine, Barracuda Shoals
Friday – Pillar Wall
Saturday December 6th
This week’s guest traveled a long way to enjoy the clear warm waters of the Bahamas. After boarding the Carib Dancer our new friends from Norway unpacked and enjoy an excellent dinner prepared by Chef Shea, then they relaxed for a wonderful evening in Nassau.
Sunday December 7th
It was the early hours of the morning when the Carib Dancer departed her home dock of Elizabeth on Bay. We enjoyed a colorful sunrise while slowly making way to our first dive site Periwinkle Reef. Here’s some of the Marine Life we saw while checking our dive and camera equipment on the first dive of the week. Just about everywhere we looked we saw Yellowtail Damselfish, Sergeant Majors, Blue Chromis. We also enjoyed Lobsters, Scrawled Cowfish, Rays, Cushion Sea Stars and Pederson Cleaner Shrimp. Our next stop was the Blue Hole, diving with Roughtail Stingrays, Schools of Grunts and Snappers, Spotted Lobsters, Filefish, a few Caribbean Reef Sharks and one Huge Loggerhead Turtle. During lunch we made way to the Exuma Islands and Crab Reef. It’s nice to enter the water and be greeted by schools of Horse-Eye Jack and Yellowtail Snappers. We swam through a couple of swim thru’s and was up close to Nassau and Tiger Groupers as well as Spotted Moray Eels.
Monday December 8th
Today we started the day of diving by swimming through one of the longest swim thru’s in the Northern Exuma’s on Whale Shark Wall. Under the Carib Dancer was a Large Barracuda checking out everyone as we swam near. While underwater we saw lots of Parrotfish, Schools Masters, Yellow Rays and Caribbean Reef Sharks. Next were Crab Mountain and Eels, Rays, Cowfish, Channel Clinging Crabs, Tangs and Sharks. We finish the day on the Wreck of the Austin Smith. We never know what we will encounter while diving this Austin Smith; today it was Lobsters, Crabs, Nurse Sharks, Groupers, Angelfish and Huge Green Moray Eels and about 7 Caribbean Reef Sharks.
Tuesday December 9th
Blacktip Wall was our first dive site on this Tuesday morning. I really enjoy the top of the wall here. It very easy to find a variety of marine life like Caribbean Spiny Lobsters, Spotted Lobsters, Crabs, Chubs, Tiger Groupers, a couple of Sharks and a Beautiful Spotted Eagle Ray. During lunch we made our way South to the Exuma Land and Sea Park. Because the park is a protect area the marine Life is just a little bigger here. Swimming near us was Big Groupers, Rays, and Sharks. We also saw several types of Shrimps, Hundreds of Garden Eels, Jawfish Crabs and a Huge Loggerhead Turtle.
Wednesday December 10th
It was a Special Day on the Carib Dancer, our guest traveled all the way from Norway to swim with pigs! There’s a beach on the island of Big Major Spot in the Exuma Islands where pigs will swim into the water and greet you as you come ashore. This is the only beach in the world where you can swim with pigs, a very fun morning. After Swimming with the pigs we started our way back North to a dive site call Wall City. Wall City is one of our deeper dives, where Large High Profile Coral Heads sit on the edge of an awesome wall. The coral heads are close so as you swim between them you can get a feeling of being between two tall buildings in the city. While enjoying these huge Coral Heads we saw Groupers, Spotted Eel, Blacktip Shark and one of the Largest Hogfish that I have ever seen. To finish the day we stopped at Danger Reef. Danger reef has such a variety of Marine Life like Schools of Horse-Eye Jacks and Yellowtail Snappers that circle you as you enter and exit the water. It was easy to see Southern Stingrays, Jawfish and Garden Eels in the sandy area under the vessel. Looking in and around the coral heads we encountered Red Night Shrimps, Huge Caribbean Spiny Lobsters, Tiger Tail Sea Cucumbers that ready over four feet across the sandy bottom. But what got everyone excited was having several Caribbean Reef Sharks swim to the Carib Dancer as well pulled onto the mooring and then stay and swim around several divers just under the vessel.
Thursday December 11th
One more dive site before leaving the Exuma Park and its name is Shroud Wall. While diving Shroud Wall we saw schools of Dog Snappers, Blue Chromis, Large Midnight Parrotfish. We received a lot of request to return to the Wreck of the Austin Smith and see more Sharks. It’s always fun to see Sharks but it’s also enjoyable to see Big Black Groupers only a few inches away or have a French Angelfish swim up close and personal and watch a Spotted Moray Eels as well as Lots of Caribbean Reef Sharks. Next dive was the adventure ride. The Carib Dancer took her guest of an underwater ride called The Washing Machine. The Washing Machine is a drift dive between Oyster Cay and Highborne Cay. While drifting through one part it’s like being on the spin cycle inside a washing machine. After getting through the machine we drifted along a very colorful reef call Basket Star. For our last night dive on Barracuda Shoals where we enjoyed Remora’s, Rainbow Parrotfish and Octopus.
Friday December 12th
We finished the week on Pillar Wall. I can never get enough of diving Pillar Wall. We saw Black Coral Tiny Whip Shrimp. Also sharing the Wall area with us was Banded Coral Shrimp, Arrowcrabs and Hermit Crabs. While swimming near the wall we saw Caribbean Reef and Blacktip Sharks.
The Crew would like to Thank Everyone For Joining Us On The Carib Dancer In The Bahamas!!!
Hope To See Everyone Again Soon…
Carib Dancer Crew