Charter Date 30th Jan-6th Feb 2016
Air Temp 24C/79F Water Temp 27C/81F
Shortie or Full Length 3mm
Saturday: Another busy day in Cayman as we get ready to welcome our 18 divers. George Town was still too rough so we boarded our guests via short dingy ride from the west bay dock. For many of our guests this was their first Aggressor!! Kim was ready to complete her check out dives and become a certified diver. Welcome to Aggressor Style diving. Once everyone was aboard we introduced the crew and conducted our safety briefing. Chef Kingsley’s BBQ dinner was a big hit and after which most people were ready to get a good night sleep for our adventure to come.
Sunday: We started out engines at 6:30 and cruised a short distance to the Doc Poulson. Nestled in 50 feet of water, this artificial reef makes a great check out dive. Up in the shallows a Hawksbill turtle was seen feeding on a sponge. Our photographers we busy taking shots of the wreck and surrounding reef. Next up was the world famous Stingray City. This is the biggest attraction to the Cayman Islands home to many southern Stingrays. These docile giants were happy to see us this morning and took no time in getting to know our divers. Visibility this morning was very good and all had a great dive. Kenn was our winner of the largest stingray city Hickey competition! During lunch we cruised toward Old Man Bay to dive Babylon for the afternoon. This site has it all, the focal point is the Pinnacle which starts at about 90 feet and goes up to 50 and as the name suggests, looks like the Hanging gardens of Babylon, because of all the Back Coral that can be seen here. Also, the amount of schooling Creole wrasse here is amazing. Once everyone was back aboard we prepared our vessel for travel and started our crossing up to Little Cayman!!
Monday: In the morning we awoke to a beautiful sunrise on the island of Little Cayman. After a hearty breakfast, the divers hopped into the water of Randy’s Gazebo, a beautiful section of Bloody Bay Wall, with swim throughs, chimneys and friendly Groupers. On the dive nurse sharks, turtles, green morays and an abundant amount of schooling fish were seen on this healthy part of the reef where we spent two dives. After a quick siesta we moved further down Bloody Bay Wall to another dive site called The Meadows, where it was known to see Reef sharks, and low and behold we were lucky enough to encounter the famous Fric, Frak and Fro. Keeping the guests company these curious animals passed by to say hello and decided to see what all the fuss was about, and kept us company. With more sightings of turtles, a great barracuda hiding in the shadow of the boat, and the school of horse eye jacks, this just added to the amazing day, but it wasn’t over yet, we decided to stay at The Meadows for our night dive as well, where the guests saw a sleeping turtle, Caribbean squid, a giant channel crab, and other amazing night time critters. At the end of their dive a hot towel, hot chocolate and a hot tub waited for them to end their day of diving.
Tuesday: Woke up to a beautiful Tuesday morning. First dive site of today is Lea Lea’s Lookout. This site is amazing, schooling fish in abundance, a crevice leading out onto the wall which is packed with Barrel Sponges, Sea Whips and fans. Our resident grouper was ready to point out lionfish for us. There are cleaning stations everywhere on this site. As we cruised up the Great Room our photographers were happy with the natural light falling into their frames. Up in the shallows a Hawksbill turtle was feeding on a sponge, not evening looking at our divers taking his photo. Next up was mixing bowl, this where Bloody Bay meets Jackson Wall. From the diverse marine life on the sheer wall, to the amount of fish life on top of the wall and the critter hunt in the rumble. This is always a favorite with our guests. Our divers were lucky to see several Yellow Headed Jaw fish with eggs! Grover our famous grouper was in fine form, enjoying the afternoon sun. On the night dive we saw squid and our elusive Octopus!! All in all another great day of diving in Little Cayman.
Wednesday, The sun had not yet breached the horizon and the heartiest of our eager dive group were on deck making ready for a dawn dive. Bus Stop was the chosen site for our 2 morning dives and it did not disappoint. The first half of the dive was near enough a night dive and then the sun broke to supply splendid sunlight. Grey reef sharks and a sleeping nurse shark were some of the highlights of the dive along with a turtle munching on the coral oblivious to camera strobes firing around him. The sand gullies and swim thru’s out over the deep blue drop off make Bus Stop well worth the morning commute. Mid-morning we made our way to the other end of Bloody Bay for 2 dives at the very aptly named “Great wall”. The great wall is Bloody bay at its most shallow and also its most sheer drop off and the usual hang out of the famed Bloody bay resident, “Freddie” the Nassau grouper, Freddie is getting on in years now but still poses for great photo & video. Another diver friendly and camera keen Turtle greeted the divers as we descended on Great Wall and out over the deep blue sea. Several squid were a cool find at the latter end of the dive along with Sail fin blenny’s burrowed in the sand but sadly no sight of Freddie ,so we adjourned for a lunch of Kinsley’s cheese burgers in paradise, which, in our humble opinion, are the best burgers both sides of the equator. Back we went for another dive on the Great Wall and there to our delight was Freddie, he posed for photos like the pro he is and gracefully made swam off in the shallows. With all divers safely back on board we made ready for the crossing back to Grand Cayman and with an easy following sea the ride was smooth and peaceful.
Thursday: We awoke to a beautiful sunrise over Seven Mile Beach. The ex USS Kittiwake was the first site of the day. This Submarine supply vessel was sunk in 2011 and makes a wonderful dive. Our underwater exploration began at with an Eagle Ray swimming along the sand. We descended into shaft alley and we swam all the way through the belly of the boat, checking out the engine room, compressor room and exiting through the chain locker. Norma found our plaque, winning our Free T-shirt. Schooling Jacks were swimming around the circling the wreck making amazing photo subjects .Next up was Angel Fish Reef, a shallow reef dive with lots of life. Our resident Nurse shark Fin was out and about swimming around our group. Up in the shallows a turtle was seen. Next up was the Oro Verde; this artificial reef has the most marine life in this area. The wreck itself is scattered around the ocean floor in 50ft of water. An inquisitive green moray eel swam around the wreck checking out our divers. At night this wreck comes alive with life, friendly Nassau groupers, Mid night Parrott fish, turtles and of course our resident eel. Our divers returned happy, and were even happier with our hot towels, hot chocolate and hot tub!
Friday: We started our engines at 6:30 and cruised up towards North West Point to a site called Trinity Caves/ Round Rock two dive sites in one. As we swam all around the caverns we were amazed at the marine life here , schools of CreoleWrassewere swimming in every direction along with Hogfish feeding in the sand. On top of the round Rock site was a photographer dream. A Tiger grouper was getting cleaned on top of the Round rock site Next up was Devil’s Grotto which is located in George Town Harbor, and is where diving began in Cayman. The Grotto makes up a series of caverns, crevices and caves, all in 40 ft of water. A school of Tarpon were seen along with a friendly Turtle and a Green Moray Eel. That wraps up another fantastic week of diving in Cayman. Thank you to all our guests. Well done Bruce, Ellen, Jeff & Vesta for completing your Nitrox course, Along with Kim for finishing up her Open Water course. Con. grats to our Iron divers for doing every single dive, Alex & Louis, Tim & Vesta, Paul, Jeff, Kenn & Stuart. A special thanks to Mel for sharing his photos with us, this image of the shark is certainly photo of the week.
Until next time safe travels
Cayman Aggressor IV crew.