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Turks & Caicos Aggressor II
3 Dec. – 10 Dec. 2016
Air temperature: 70° - 89° F
Water temperature: 79° - 81° F
Visibility: 50 – 80 feet
Captain: Amanda Smith
Engineer: Rob Smith
Video Pro: Conor Ferrin
Instructor: Jessica Polk
Instructor: Samantha Kildegaard
Chef: Christy Brown
David, Alison, Scot, Michel, Joseph, Chris, Jay, Steven, Robert, Mark, Howie, Craig, Luis, Annie, Peter
Sunday – Eel Garden/Black Forest – North West Point
Monday – Brandywine/Spanish Anchor – West Caicos
Tuesday – Gullies/Boat Cove – West Caicos
Wednesday – Half Mile/ – French Cay
Thursday – Elephant Ear Canyon – West Caicos/The Dome – N.W. Point
Friday – Shark Hotel – N.W. Point
Saturday afternoon the Turks & Caicos Aggressor II and crew departed the dock about 2pm in order to catch high tide out of the marina. We anchored just outside of the channel then deployed our chase boat at 3pm to go back and retrieve the guests at the marina. After a few short trips in the chase boat we had all guests and luggage on board. Once introductions were made, Captain Amanda gave safety briefing shortly followed by the first of many great meals prepared by Chef Christy. After supper the yacht moved out to North West Point in preparation for the first of many great dives this week.
On Sunday morning guest enjoyed a nice breakfast then head out to gather around the dive table to listen in on the general dive briefing, get tanks analyzed and gear set up before jumping into the water for our first two dives at Eel Garden. This site has a large sandy bottom where garden eels are abound as well as flounder and lobster. For the second half of the day we moved to Amphitheatre, named for the large cut taken out of the wall and giving the appearance of a concert amphitheater. We did 3 dives here including a night dive and swam with lots of sea turtles.
Early Monday morning we headed out to West Caicos and settled into the Brandywine dive site for the first couple of dives for the day. This site as two massive sand shoots with great coral life on the sides and in-between. We ended the day at Spanish Anchor where we did three dives. We had a surprising visitor here when a very large loggerhead turtle joined us. We see many hawksbill turtles out here but rarely a loggerhead. The night dive also proved especially fun as we found the coveted octopus here. Fun fact: Did you know that octopus blood is actually blue??
Tuesday morning we started at Gullies, still in West Caicos. Sully, the resident reef shark entertained us as she swam through the swim through with us and her minions were just as curious about us. After we hung out with Sully and her shark crew here the Turks & Caicos Aggressor then moved over to Boat Cove. After our first dive here, Conor and a few guests took a swim over to the cove area next to the island for a quick dip. An exciting night dive ended our day’s adventure at boat cove as the divers were joined by four or five reef sharks the majority of the time.
Wednesday the crew started the day early and motored the vessel down south to arrive at French Cay by the first dive. Boy was it worth it as we had a spotted eagle ray greet us only a few feet from the divers at Half Mile dive site! The divers were very happy as they got some great close ups of this creature. Turks and Caicos Aggressor II then moved to the G-Spot just a little further away from the Cay than Half Mile. G-Spot is known for its coral formation that looks like the letter “G” in its topography. Divers had a great time at this spot throughout the duration of the day and the nurse sharks on the night dive here did not disappoint.
For Thursday morning we moved over to Elephant Ear Canyon with two incredible dives. Tons of life on the wall here as we descended down including huge groupers and snappers, reef sharks. We then made out way back to North West Point where we finished the day at the locally famous site known as The Dome. This interesting dive site is the remains of an failed reality T.V. show that know service as an artificial reef for tons of marine life including turtles, morays, large channel cleaning crabs and tons of fish life.
Friday we finished the charter with two dives at shark hotel, the hotel might not have been fully booked but we did see several sharks cruising around the wall on a nice Friday morning swim. Divers also enjoyed two huge green moray eels around the hotel. Once everyone was safely accounted for back on the boat it came time to head back to Turtle Cove Marina. We settled in for a quiet afternoon and then it’s time for the Sunset Wine and Cheese party.
All and all another amazing week on the Turks and Caicos Aggressor II!!!!!!