Bahamas Aggressor Captain’s Log 16-23 April 2016
Air Temp. 75-81+ F
Water Temp. 75-78 F
Engineer David M.
Dive Master Ramon
Chef David P.
Marine, Sandine, Antonia, Linda D., Darrell, Francine, Linda T., Fred, Stuart, Burleigh, Graden, Debbie and Candice
Sunday – Lobster No Lobster, Aquarium, Crab Mountain,
Monday – Jewfish Wall, Austin Smith, Washing Machine, Flat Rock, Barracuda Shoals
Tuesday – Cut & Run, Monolith, Tunnel Rock
Wednesday – Cobia Cage, Knucklehead, Split Coral Head, Knucklehead
Thursday – Primo Wall, Cut Thru City, Closemon, Plane Wreck
Friday – Barracuda Shoals
Saturday April 16th
It was a sunny afternoon when guest board the Bahamas Aggressor for a week of diving the Bahamas. After the guests were settled in, we departed our home dock of Elizabeth On Bay for the Exuma Islands.
Sunday April 17th
Our first dive of the week was on the dive site Lobster No Lobster. Yes, we saw Lobsters and Queen Angelfish, Flat Leopard Worm, Red-Tipped Sea Goddess and Sharks. Aquarium was next with Stingrays, Yellowline Arrow Crabs and more Sharks. Crab Mountain Was our after lunch stop. While diving Crab Mountain we saw Channel Clinging Crabs, Garden and Spotted Moray Eels, Southern, Yellow and Roughtail Stingrays. The Roughtail let a couple of us get a few inches away for some close up pictures. We finished the day by heading back to where we started it with a night dive on Lobster No Lobster. It was a good night swimming with Eels, Turtle, Crabs, Several Lobsters and Octopus.
Monday April 18th
Jewfish Wall was number one today. Divers enjoyed Swim Thru’s, Canyons, Schooling Fish, Caribbean Reef Shark, Bull Shark and a Hammerhead Shark. It was a Shark kind of dive. For our next dive we stayed with the Shark Theme and headed to The Wreck Of The Austin Smith. While diving the Austin Smith we enjoyed a Large Black Grouper staying close to the group, Nassau and Tiger Groupers swimming around us as well as many Angelfish. The highlight was having Several Caribbean Reef Sharks near us, some swimming as close as a few inches from divers for a close up picture. After a wonderful lunch it was time for an underwater ride. With the tide raising it was the perfect time to do the Washing Machine Drift Dive. As divers drift between Oyster Cay and Highborne Cay they enjoyed an underwater ride that makes you feel like you’re inside the spin cycle of a washing machine. After going through the spin cycle it was a slow drift over Basketstar Reef where we encountered Queen Triggerfish, Schools of Grunts and Snappers, Crabs, Lobsters, Spotted Moray Eel, Caribbean Reef Shark and a Green Turtle. Swimming through a Garden of Gorgonians on Flat Rock Reef was our later afternoon dive. Also enjoying Crabs, Lobsters and Nurse Sharks. For our final dive and dive site for the day it was Barracuda Shoals. This was a busy night diving and swimming with Stingrays, Lobsters, Crabs, Nudibranch, Banded Coral Shrimps, Spotted Seahare and Octopus.
Tuesday April 19th
Cut & Run was first today. We saw an Encrusted Anchor wedged into the top of the Coral Wall, a small Plane Wreck and Porcupinefish, Juvenile Spotted Drum, Secretary Blenny, Lobsters and Loggerhead Turtle. Monolith Wall was after lunch where we enjoyed a colorful wall, Pederson Cleaner Shrimp, Schools of Snappers, Hundreds of Garden Eels, Yellowhead Jawfish and 8 Juvenile Spotted Drums in one area. Tunnel Rock was our late afternoon and night dive. This was one of those dives where we had too much to see. Some of the Marine Life we encountered where Caribbean Spiny and Spotted Spiny Lobster, Several Types of Stingrays, Highhat, Cleaner Shrimps, Spotted Moray Eels and a Very Large Loggerhead Turtle that swim up close to several divers.
Wednesday April 20th
It was the Cobia Cage where we enjoyed Snappers, Grunts, Shark, Angelfish, Loggerhead Turtle and a Big School of Spadefish. The shallow reef of Knucklehead was our next dive site. It was very easy for us to get pictures of Southern and Roughtail Stingrays, Banded Coral Shrimps, Schools of Snappers, Queen Angelfish and Flamingo Tongues. It was time to see some Sharks and the best dive site in Eleuthera for that is Slit Coral Head. It was an amazing dive where divers enjoyed a Colorful Wall and Huge Shallow Coral Head, Snappers, Angelfish, Spadefish, about a 2 ½ foot Blue Parrotfish and we had about 10 Caribbean Reef Sharks swim as close as a few inches. To finish the day we headed back to Knucklehead for the night dive. It was a fun filled night underwater with Shrimps, Crabs, Lobsters, Rays and a couple of Octopus.
Thursday April 21st
Before making our way back to the Exuma Islands we wanted two more dives. Our first was a pre-breakfast dive on Primo Wall. When doing an early morning dive, it’s always enjoyable to watch the Marine Life on the reef wake up. It’s was even better having a couple of Huge Loggerhead Turtles and Spotted Eagle Ray swimming around the dive site as well. It must be Turtle morning because at our second dive site Cut Thru City we had another encounter with a Loggerhead Turtle. We also saw, Queen and Ocean Triggerfish, Mackerel, Spadefish and a couple of Caribbean Reef Sharks. Closemon Reef was our first dive site once we were back in the Exuma Islands. We saw Barracuda’s, Smooth Trunkfish, Several Types of Parrotfish, Shrimps, Crabs and Butterflyfish. One guest said “It Was Gorgeous Like Being In An Aquarium”. To end the day it was on a small Plane Wreck just of Ship Channel Cay. There’s a huge variety of Marine Life to enjoy on the wreck. Schools of Fish, Several Types of Anemones, Crabs, Shrimps, Loggerhead Turtle, Stingrays and Nurse Shark.
Friday April 22nd
Barracuda Shoals was were we finished an awesome week of diving the Bahamas. While diving Barracuda Shoals we encounter Schools of Snappers, Yellow and Roughtail Stingrays, Angelfish, an array of other Marine Life, a small Caribbean Reef Sharks and Hawksbill Turtle.
The Crew Would Like To Thank Everyone For Joining Us On The Bahamas Aggressor!!!
Until The Next Time Safe Travels…
Bahamas Aggressor Crew