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Carib Dancer Captain’s Log 12-19 Dec 2015
Air Temp. 75-82+ F
Water Temp. 76-81 F
2nd Captain David
Dive Master Ramon
Sandy, Isabel, Jordi, Stefania, Mauro, Lois, Scott, Stephen, Yohan, Janice and James
Sunday – Plane Wreck, Lobster No Lobster, Flat Rock Reef
Monday – Crab Mountain, Up Jump The Devil, Madison Avenue
Tuesday – Jewfish, Austin Smith, 3 Peaks Reef
Wednesday – Wall City, Jeep Reef, Amberjack Reef, Parrotfish Reef
Thursday – Closemon Reef, Washing Machine, Barracuda Shoals,
Friday – Blue Hole
Saturday December 12th
Shortly after guest boarded the Carib Dancer departed Elizabeth on Bay her home dock for the Exuma Islands.
Sunday December 13th
The Plane Wreck just off Ship’s Channel Cay in the Exuma Islands was where we starter a week of diving the Exuma’s. While diving the shallow site we saw schools of Snappers, Grunts and Schoolmasters under the wings of the Plane Wreck. In the sandy area Stingray, other marine life Pipefish and Giant Anemones. Lobster No Lobster is a shallow reef area that is made up of Colorful Coral Heads. We encountered Roughtail Stingrays, Queen Angelfish, a Very Colorful Juvenile Blue Angelfish, Nurse Sharks and yes Caribbean Spiny Lobsters. The tide changed on us we spend the late afternoon and night dive on Flat Rock Reef. Flat Rock Reef is an Underwater Sea Garden full of Marne Life. While swimming over and around Gorgonians we saw Schools of Yellowhead Wrasse, Rosy Razorfish and Spotted Moray Eel.
Monday December 14th
It’s Monday and people are getting ready to start their workweek. Here on the Carib Dancer we are starting our 2nd day of diving on Crab Mountain. Crab Mountain is High Profile Coral Heads sitting just on the edge of a sloping wall. It was a fun experience swimming in and out and around these coral heads all the time having Cero Mackerel, Black Jacks, Angelfish, Arrow Blennies, Hawksbill Turtle, Spotted Eel and a couple of Caribbean Reef Shark around. Next we enjoyed the long swim thru’s, Lobsters, Eels, Rays, and lots of Lobsters that Up Jump The Devil offered us. To finish the day we headed for Madison Avenue. While making some bubbles at Madison Avenue we found Rainbow Wrasses, Flamefish, Cleaning Gobies, Arrow Blennies, Schools of Striped Grunts, Mutton Snappers, a pair of Spotted Moray Eels out in the open only a foot apart and a little Hawksbill Turtle.
Tuesday December 15th
Jewfish Wall was the first stop today. We enjoyed swimming with schools of Horse-Eye Jack, Yellowtail Snappers, Atlantic Spadefish, Trumpetfish, Caribbean Spiny Lobsters and Caribbean Reef Sharks. After enjoying a couple of Sharks on Jewfish Wall we wanted more Sharks. The best site for more Sharks was The Wreck if the Austin Smith. Diving the Austin Smith is always enjoyable taking pictures of Nassau Groupers, Tiger Groupers, Angelfish, Hundreds of Silversides and 8 Caribbean Reef Sharks that swam as close as a few inches away from some divers. After the Austin Smith we made our way South to the Exuma Land and Sea Park. The Exuma Park is a No Take zone so the Marine Life gets just a little bigger and come a little closer to divers. First Stop in the Park was 3 Peaks Reef. 3 Peaks Reef is covered with Soft and Hard Corals and a huge variety of Marine Life. Some of the Marine Life we saw was Barracuda’s, Nurse Sharks, Caribbean Reef Sharks, Porcupinefishes, Huge Caribbean Spiny Lobsters walking out on the reef and to top it off a Hawksbill Turtle and one Very Large Loggerhead Turtle.
Wednesday December 16th
Wall City was number one today. High Profile Coral Heads that sit on the edge of a deep wall. We encountered Cero Mackerel, Spotted Moray Eel, Hawksbill Turtle, a huge variety of Corals and Fish, plus a Hammerhead Shark. It was a good way to start the day. Next was Jeep Reef, which is like diving in our personal aquarium. While enjoying the wonderful site we saw Schools of Barracuda’s, Schoolmasters, Lots of Queen and French Angelfish, Big Blue Parrotfish and Porcupinefish. Amberjack Reef was our first after lunch dive. As we pulled up to the mooring we had a couple of large Caribbean Reef Sharks swim next to the Carib Dancer. We also saw Angelfish, Horse-Eye Jacks, Atlantic Spadefish, Big Parrotfish and our Shark friends. We finished the day on Parrotfish Reef. While diving the shallow reef for the late afternoon and night dive we saw a he variety of Marine Life. Some of what we saw was Caribbean Spiny Lobsters, Long Spine Sea Urchins, Nurse Sharks and of course Parrotfish on Parrotfish Reef.
Thursday December 17th
During the early morning hours the Carib Dancer made her way back to the northern Exuma Islands traveling under a blanket of stars. Our first dive was Closemon Reef. It’s called Closemon because we have to get very close to the island to drop our anchor in a sandy area. Once we were secured we enjoyed a wonderful dive on a shallow reef that is covered with Hard and Soft Corals and several varieties of schooling fish. Some of those schooling fish were Gray Snappers and Schoolmasters. Also in the area were Crested Gobies, Yellowhead Jawfish and Sand Divers. Next dive was a drift dive on a site called the Washing Machine. Between Highborne Cay and Oyster Cay during a raising tide there is a string current. That’s the perfect time to enjoy the ride. The drift starts slowly then picks up speed and at one point we get to spinning like if we were inside the spin cycle of a washing machine. After that spinning ride we enjoyed a slow drift over Colorful Basketstar Reef where there’s a plethora of Marine Life we enjoyed. After lunch it was the awesome dive site called Barracuda Shoals. This site is always excellent, with lots of Very Colorful Corals, Schools of Fish and Hundreds of creatures to see and take pictures. As soon as we entered the water a Caribbean Reef Sharks came in close for a look. Several guest and myself had a wonderful experience with a huge Roughtail Stingray. Lying in the sand in front of the ray so he could see me, slowly moving my had in the sand the ray got interested and came up to feel my fingers. Shortly after several guests enjoy a wonderful encounter. My favorite to find on this dive was Smooth Trunkfish Post-Larval Juvenile.
Friday December 18th
A dive on the Blue Hole is how we finished an Excellent Week of Diving the Exuma Islands on the Carib Dancer. While exploring the Blue Hole we saw Schools of Snappers, Grunts and Angelfish. Inside the hole we viewed a very colorful wall where we found Clams and Oysters along with other small creatures. And lets not forget about our friend a Huge Loggerhead Turtle that was relaxing on a ledge inside of the hole.
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