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Carib Dancer Captain’s Log 26 Dec. 2015 – 2 Jan. 2015
Air Temp. 72-79 F
Water Temp. 75-80 F
Dive Master Shea
Valerie, Michael, Lisa, Mark, Corinna, Petra, Sara, Kelly, Daniel, Miyuki, Kaori, Spencer and Takeshi
Sunday – Barracuda Shoals, Lobster No Lobster, Closemon Reef
Monday – Hole In The Wall, Primo Wall, Tunnel Rock
Tuesday – Cut Thru City, Cut And Run, Cave Rock
Wednesday – Cobia Cage, Krackin, Split Coral Head, Jake’s Hole
Thursday – Split Coral Head, Monolith, Aquarium, Flat Rock Reef
Friday – Blue Hole
Saturday December 26th
At 1600 hours guest started boarding the Carib Dancer for a week of diving in the Bahamas. After guest were settled in they were serviced a wonderful dinner by the staff and then relaxing enjoying an evening in the Captain of the Bahamas, Nassau.
Sunday December 27th
Long before the sun started to rise the Carib Dancer departed her home dock of Elizabeth On Bay, making her way to the Exuma Islands. After reaching the Exuma Islands our first dive site was Barracuda Shoals. While diving Barracuda Shoals we saw a huge variety of Marine Life and Colorful Corals. A couple of the guests’ favorites were the Nurse Sharks, Caribbean Reef Shark, Spotted Moray Eel and a Porcupinefish. Next was Lobster No Lobster. Some of the fish here were Scrawled Cowfish, Yellowhead Jawfish and Goldline Blennies. We finished the day on Closemon Reef. Diving Closemon is like diving a Coral Garden with an abundance of Gorgonians like Wide-Mesh Sea Fans, Orange Spiny Sea Rods, creatures like Banded Coral Shrimps, Two Claw Shrimp and Bearded Fireworms.
Monday December 28th
After making our night dive on Closemon the Carib Dancer headed East to the Island of Eleuthera. Hole in the Wall was our first wall of the week. Like last week we had a huge school of Bar Jacks, Lots of Butterflyfish and Angelfish around the bottom of the mooring line. Several guest swam through the Hole In the Wall which starts on the top of the reef about 45 feet and comes out into the Dark Blue Exuma Sound around 90 feet. After enjoying Hole in the Wall we headed south to another wall called Primo. Here we saw Yellowfin Tuna, Majarra, Hawksbill Turtle and a Blacktip Shark. We finish the day on Tunnel Rock. While diving the shallow dive site called Tunnel Rock we encountered Yellowhead Jawfish, Garden Eels, Diamond Blenny, Turtle, Small and Large Yellow Stingrays and a Small Loggerhead Turtle.
Tuesday December 29th
It’s so nice when you enter the water on a dive site like Cut Thru City getting ready to enjoy all the Swim Thru’s it has to offer and a Nice Blacktip Sharks comes by for a close up. Schools of Fish, Spotted and Green Moray Eels were just a few of the Marine Life we saw. Our next dive site was on Cut and Run where we enjoyed taking several guest along an Amazing Wall. We found a Huge Anchor stuck into the wall. The anchor was encrusted with Colorful Corals and Sponges. Also swam near parts of a Small Plane Wreck. We had Cero Mackerel, Horse-Eye Jacks and a couple of Groupers that were near us while diving the edge of the wall. Our final destination for the day was Cave Rock. We saw Yellow, Southern and Roughtail Stingrays, Schools of Jacks and Grunts, Hawksbill Turtle and some Squid. It was a good day underwater.
Wednesday December 30th
Today we started by splashing on the dive site Cobia Cage. A huge structure that use to hold hundreds of Cobia for the local school. It was damage during Hurricane Sandy but has since been repaired by the students of the school and waiting to restock. While diving the cage we saw Huge Black Grouper, Big Midnight Parrotfish, Roughtail Stingrays and even small Gobies. For our next dive we headed back south to a dive site called Krackin. This dive site is made up of several large coral head that come together creating a series, more of a maze of Canyons and Swim Thru’s. The Krackin is known for lot of small creatures and it’s underwater maze. It’ was fun diving the Krackin and getting lost on while enjoying a lot of creatures. Continuing our way south, Split Coral Head was next. When we dive Split Coral Head we can spend time on a wonderful wall or a huge shallow Coral Head that’s split down the center, which is also covered with hundreds of small creatures. Between the wall and the coral head is a sandy where we encountered about seven Caribbean Reef Sharks swimming with in a few inches of some of the guest and crew. Everyone was very excited after spending some time underwater at Split Coral. Our last stop for the day was Jake’s Hole. Jack’s Hole is a very colorful shallow reef that is full of Marine Life. We saw several variety schools of fish, Channel Clinging Crabs, Spotted Spiny Lobsters, small Spotted Moray Eel and Squid.
Thursday December 31st
We enjoyed the Sharks at Split Coral Head so much that we return to the site, however this time we did a pre-breakfast dive. It was an awesome dive watch the colorful wall and coral head wake up while several Caribbean Reef Sharks swim near. During breakfast we moved to Monolith. This would be our last dive in Eleuthera before heading back to the Exuma Islands. It was a special dive, not only did we see lots of creatures, fish and colorful corals but a Manta came swam by and put on a little show for a few of our guest. It’s nice to see some of them back in the area. After arriving back in the Exuma’s our first stop was The Aquarium. The Aquarium site if a large shallow area covered with large and small coral heads. With all the Colorful Corals, Schools of fish and variety of Creatures it’s like diving in our personal Aquarium. Plus a couple of Sharks greeted us. To finish the day it was a night dive on Flat Rock Reef. An Undersea Garden is the best way to describe Flat Rock at night. As we swam the reef we encountered a variety of Shrimps, Rays, Eels, Lobsters and Squid. After a fantastic night dive the Carib Dancer made way to the northern tip of Highborne Cay where as we pulled up to drop anchor for the night a fireworks display started. That was an excellent way to finish a wonderful day of diving. Happy New Year!!!
Friday January 1st 2016!!!
We finished a fantastic week of diving with an Awesome dive at the Blue Hole. While diving at the Blue Hole we saw schools of Snappers, Spadefish, Angelfish, Caribbean Reef and Nurse Sharks and a Very Big Loggerhead Turtle that came very close to several divers.
The Crew would like to Thank Everyone For Joining Us On The Carib Dancer In The Bahamas!!!
Happy New Year Everyone!!! Come Explore And Discover The Underwater World In The Bahamas In 2016!
Carib Dancer Crew