Sun Dancer II
Nov 28, Dec 5, 2015
Water Temp: 80-83 F
Vis: 80-100 Ft
Crew: Captain Eddy, First Mate/ Engineer John, Chef Carlos, Stewardess Elia, Assistant Chef Barbara, Inst/DM William, DM Conway
Dive Sites Visited:
Sunday: Dos Chichas & Long Caye Ridge
Monday: Half Moon Caye wall & East Cut
Tuesday: Painted Wall & Tarpon Cave
Wednesday: The great Blue Hole, Tarpon Cave & Long Caye Wall
Thursday: Chain Wall
This week we welcome aboard: Albert, Kevin, Leo & Barbara, Ronald & Cathy, Tamyra & James, Robert & Mary, Harald & Anette, Jon & Laura, Jim S, Jim D, Louis, Dennis, Michel & Claudette.
This was a special week because we had some long time friends back with us, some who we knew from a long time ago, and of course our new friends who has never been here before, a very happy group of divers, after everyone was all set up in their state rooms and on the dive deck we then move the party up into the salon where we started our Crew Introduction safety briefing & guest introduction as well, by the time it was over we all knew each other.
This was all follow by a testy dinner prepared by Chef Carlos, by then it was six pm and most of our guest already had a long day, so right after dinner most of them head to their cabin,
That same night we head out to Light House Reef where we will start our Diving adventure the next day.
Sunday morning the weather condition was great so we started at Dos Chichas then move on to Long Caye Ridge, our check out dive was great all our divers had over 200 dives under their belt making it all same effortless as it should be.
There was much to see even on our check out dive, the visibility was great so the dives were enjoyable, some of the highlights of the day even though they were deep, a Reef Sharks on the second site that made a few passes back and forth on the wall and schools of five foot Tarpons that hang out under the yacht that also were there during the night dive, there were also schools of Horse Eye Jacks to be admired from the Hang Bar to the mooring line, a large Green Moray Eel was seen on the wall and a few big Lion Fish, among all the other beautiful little creatures that was enjoy, we also had the opportunity to swim with a Turtle and a smaller Green Moray who decided to come out to play, over all it was a great day of diving.
Monday morning with the weather conditions on our side we started at Half Moon Caye Wall, this site is known for all the crevasses which gives it a complete different topography compared to the rest of the Reef at Light House Reef, The Visibility was great and the beautiful Blue water was an invitation to go diving, here we saw Reef Sharks, Spotted Eagle Rays, Southern Stingrays, a few Barracudas, very friendly Groupers, a few big Midnight Parrotfish feeding in the sand and of course thousands of Garden Eels, for the afternoon we dove at East Cut and again a few Reef Sharks this time they were a little more friendlier and came up to the top of the wall
Tuesday morning we routed around the corner and did Painted Wall and then move all the way to the other side of the Island and did Elkhorn Forest, Painted wall was great the Visibility was outstanding on the first dive, one of the beauty of this site is, you can spend the whole dive at fifteen feet if you like, and there are so much colors and fish activity basically right under the Yacht, we also saw a big friendly Turtle on the wall, it was like being in a garden, so much soft coral and shallow Reef crevasses that you can stay right under the boat and have a great dive. Elkhorn Forest was a little deeper but beautiful in its own way, here we had a great night dive, we saw the biggest King Crab ever and a baby Nurse Shark!
Wednesday was a much exited day because we did the great blue hole; the great Blue Hole is one of those sites that is on the list of dives to do for many, here we dove into the Abys and saw the Stalactites hanging over the wall ranging in sizes from fifteen to twenty foot long, it was an accomplishment and enjoyed by all, after the dive we then move on to Tarpon Cave did two more dives, here we had friendly Groupers that will stay so close that one of our guest take out his magnifier and was able to do a general inspection of his Scales, we also saw a few Shark but this time they were very friendly and pass by five to ten feet away from the divers giving great opportunity for photos and videos, one of the highlights of this site was a cave not with Tarpons but instead filled with thousands of Silversides that created a very special affect as diver swim through, Indeed a beautiful site but we wanted to see as much as possible so we then move on to Long Caye Wall for the rest of the day here we had Schooling Creole Wrasses on the wall Blue Bell & Painted Tunicates a few cleaning station, over all a very beautiful day of diving and a healthy Reef.
The diving on Thursday and Friday was just as successful, Thursday morning we dove at Chain Wall we saw two Spotted Eagle Ray a few Sting Ray and of course some very friendly Shark, we then made a run over to the Island of Turneffe here we dove at Grand Bouge & Black Beauty where we finish this wonderful week of diving And so another beautiful week of diving comes to an end with a bunch of happy divers. On behalf of all the Crew of the Sun Dancer II we would like to thank you for so many wonderful memories and the Privilege to now call you all Friends. We will always remember our fun onboard and underwater together and hope that you come back to visit us again.