Bahamas Aggressor Captain’s Log 3-10 Sept. 2016
Air Temp. 84-95+ F
Water Temp. 85-88 F
Engineer David M.
Jason, Philippe, Kevin, Martin, Michael, Sonia, Sharon, Brian, KK, Andrew, Karyna and Michael
Sunday – Periwinkle Reef, Blue Hole, Lobster No Lobster, Closemon Reef
Monday – Pillar Wall, Wreck of the Austin Smith, Madison Avenue
Tuesday – Cobia Cage, Cut & Run, Tunnel Rock
Wednesday – Primo Wall, Split Coral Head, Monolith, Cave Rock
Thursday – Cut Thru City, Washing Machine, Aquarium
Friday – Barracuda Shoals
Saturday September 3rd
It was a beautiful day in Nassau when guest boarded the Bahamas Aggressor for her first charter back to the Exuma Islands in over 4 months. After enjoying the reefs off the West End of Grand Bahama, the crew was excited about showing our new guest the Walls, Canyons, Swim Thru’s and Colorful Reefs we explore while based out of Nassau. After guest boarded they unpacked and enjoyed a wonderful dinner prepared by Chef Rob.
Sunday September 4th
Just as the sun was raising the Bahamas Aggressor depart her home dock of Elizabeth on Bay for our first dive site, Periwinkle Reef. Three Colorful Coral Heads sitting in about 20 feet of water make up the dive site called Periwinkle Reef. It’s one of the best places in the Bahamas to make that first check out dive, making sure buoyancy and camera equipment is all tuned in. We saw more Tropical Fish can anyone could count. While exploring Periwinkle Reef, these fish and other creatures would let divers swim only a few inches away, some swam to the divers. Next was the Blue Hole. I think there more Marine Life at the Blue Hole then I’ve seen in a long time. We saw several types of Schooling Fish, Angelfish, Yellow, Southern and Roughtail Stingrays, Several Nurse Sharks and Silky Sharks, plus a huge variety of other Creatures. After the Blue Hole and during lunch we made way to the Exuma Islands and the dive site called Lobster No Lobster. Lobster No Lobster is a very colorful shallow reef. Some of what we saw while diving was Sharpnose Pufferfish, Queen Angelfish, French Angelfish, Spotted Moray Eel and Nassau and Tiger Groupers. We finished the day on Closemon Reef watching Southern, Yellow and Roughtail Rays, Jawfish, Banded Coral Shrimp and Octopus.
Monday September 5th
Our first wall dive of the week was Pillar Wall. We saw Black Coral, Deepwater Sea Fans, Caribbean Spiny and Spotted Spiny Lobsters, Caribbean Reef and Silky Shark and a pair of Eagle Rays. The Wreck of the Austin Smith was after lunch. Here we enjoyed a nice wreck with a variety of Marine Life and about 14 Caribbean Reef Sharks. Ye sit was all about the Sharks on this dive. Madison Avenue was our afternoon and night dive. Madison Avenue is an easy site to find, Small Shrimp, Rays, Schools of Snappers and Jacks, Spotted Moray Eel and a Hawksbill Turtle.
Tuesday September 6th
Cobia Cage was our first stop. While diving this huge structure we saw some of the smallest creatures like Fire Worms, Yellowline Arrowcrabs, but we also saw Large Parrotfish, Groupers and Caribbean Spiny Lobster. Cut and Run was our next morning dive, lots of Yellowtail Snappers, Horse-Eye Jacks, Yellowhead Jawfish, parts of a small airplane and an Anchored encrusted with Coral and Sponges stuck on the top of the wall. We finished the day on Tunnel Rock taking pictures and video of Southern and Roughtail Stingrays, Colorful Parrotfish, Jawfish, Hawksbill Turtle and Octopus.
Wednesday September 7th
Primo Wall was our first stop this Wednesday morning. This early morning dive brought out Mackerel, Jacks, Caribbean Reef Shark, Ocean Triggerfish and Lots of Garden Eels. It was time to swim with a few Sharks and the dive Site for that is Split Coral Head. When diving Split Coral Head we do see lots of Jack, Snappers, Rays, Hundred of Silverside but it was about Sharks today. There were about 16 Caribbean Reef Sharks swimming around everyone, some of the sharks would come as close as a few inches away. A Very Fun Dive! After the Sharks we explored the Huge Wall of Monolith. This is an amazing dive site; the wall is huge coming off a sandy bottom around 45 feet and goes down. As we swam down the wall and looked further we could see the wall was cover with Marine Life. With the clear water it was an awesome site to take in. For the late afternoon and night dive we visited Cave Rock. If we would have stayed in this area all day I think we could have seen most all the creatures in a Marine Life book. Just some of what we saw was Huge Channel Clinging Crabs, Caribbean Spiny Lobsters, Nassau, Tiger and Black Groupers, lots of Yellowhead Jawfish and Octopus.
Thursday September 8th
For our last day in Eleuthera we started with a pre-breakfast dive on Cut Thru City. One of favorite wall dives because there are so many Swim Thru’s and Canyons to enjoy. And while we were enjoying these swim thru’s and canyons we were also enjoy a very colorful wall full of Creatures. Someone said it best when they exited the water, “now that’s a way to start the day” and I have to agree. While everyone enjoyed breakfast and relax for a bit we made way to our next dive site called the Washing Machine. The Washing Machine is a drift dive with a twist.. After going through the small cut between two islands spinning around like your in the spin cycle of a washing machine we ended up slowly drifting over Very Colorful Basketstar Reef. The current for the drift was the perfect speed to relax and enjoy the reef. One more wall dive for the week and it was Crab Mountain. Yes we did see Channel Clinging Crabs and several Arrowcrabs, also lots of small Tropical Fish, a Loggerhead Turtle and a Bull Sharks. It Was A Nice Dive! Our late afternoon and night dive was on the Aquarium. It’s name the Aquarium because while diving this reef it’s like swimming inside of your own huge Aquarium. The Reef system is made up of several types of Hard and Soft Corals, Schools of Tropical Fish, Spotted Eels, Crabs and Lobsters.
Friday September 9th
Our last dive of the week was on Barracuda Shoals. This is a healthy reef with an array of Colorful Corals, Sponges and the amount of Marine Life. One of the biggest times guest said was how colorful and peaceful it was diving Barracuda Shoals. That and the Variety of Marine Life Available on that reef I would Agree.
The Crew Would Like To Thank Everyone For Joining Us On The Bahamas Aggressor!!!
Until The Next Time Safe Travels…
Bahamas Aggressor Crew