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Cayman Aggressor IV
Dec 3rd to 10th
Guests Costas, Brian & Don, Margie & Shane, Chris & Margy, Jeanette, Jiri, Pavel, Alex & Natalia, Julia, Irv, Mario.
Crew Capt Niall, 1st mate & engineer Alan, Chef Kingsley, Instructors Justin & April.
Water Temp 80f
Air Temp 84 to 86f
Exposure protection rash guard & board shorts or 3mm wet suit.
Saturday We had a few late arrivals but all guests were safely on board by 9.30pm. All enjoyed a delicious bbq dinner and settled for a good nights sleep I readiness for a great week of Aggressor style diving to come.
Sunday The wind wanted to blow and the sea to swell, rain clouds gathered but none of that could dampen the spirit of a group of divers from many different states and countries. Our day started at the Ship “Reef” Doc Poulson for 2 morning dives. We descended down on to this pretty little coral adorned wreck to find a sleeping nurse shark along with his baby under the stern. We cruised out over the wall to find a turtle doing a drive by and we also had an eagle ray feeding in the sand, all in all not a bad start to our week. We made the short hop to the wreck of the Oro Verde for a couple of afternoon and night dives. We again had some turtles along with lobster and a green moray eel but the star of the show was a delightful little spotted drum.
Monday Our day started at the USS Kittiwake for 2 morning dives and we got off to a flying start thanks to Kingsley’s blueberry & banana pancakes. This magnificent wreck has only been on the ocean floor since 2011 and is still in almost pristine condition. We explored inside and out and the also the drop near by. A small turtle seemed to want to call the Kittiwake home, it was there on the first dive and then again on the 2nd. Kingsley served up a mouth watering Italian lunch for all to enjoy as we made the short hop to Lost Treasure and then on Governors Reef for our afternoon and night dives. We had nurse sharks and turtles, moray eels and lobsters and yet again a curious octopus to entertain our night dive.
Tuesday First up for today was Round Rock/Trinity Caves for 2 dives before we would head to Sting Ray City for our first afternoon dive and then on to Babylon on the north east end of Grand Cayman which would out us in prime position for a run to Little Cayman. We had ourselves a truly fantastic day of diving, cavernous swim thrus and friendly turtles, playful Sting Rays and sheer drop offs and to end the day we were full steam ahead for Bloody Bay with only better to come.
Wednesday After a very smooth crossing we awoke to a beautiful Little Cayman sunrise along with the sweet aroma of French toast coming from the galley. First up was Randy’s Gazebo for 2 morning dives in visibility that had to be in excess of 100ft. We had turtles and of course the resident diver friendly groupers. Kingsley served nap inducing cheese burgers as we made the very short bounce to 3 Fathom Wall for our first afternoon dive which brought our first shark encounter. We then had several shark encounters on our next stop at Meadows and a night dive that produced yet another nurse shark, several grouper and lobster and star of the show of any night dive is an octopus and we had a very active octopus to entertain us.
Thursday Our Day started at what is arguably the best site in Little Cayman, Leah Leahs Lookout. To say it has everything truly does justice to Leah Leahs, swim thrus and long crevices, lush coral and abundant marine life. Kingsley served up a genuinely mouth watering Asian style lunch as we made the short hop to the Great Wall for our final 2 dives at Bloody Bay. Freddie the Grouper was the star of the show as usual at the Great Wall, posing for photo and video like a true celebrity. The wind was on our stern as we got under way for Grand Cayman and gave us very gentle ride for 90 nautical miles.
Friday We awoke to a beautiful sunrise at Neptunes Drop Off and the aroma of sweet waffles coming from the galley. Neptunes offered up turtles and an eagle ray along with abundant schooling jacks and very clear vis. Chocolate chip brownies were Kingsley mid morning delight as we made our way south to Devils Grotto for our final dive. The Grotto is quite often one of the most popular dives of the week and this week was no exception. The schooling tarpon were in attendance as they usually are and the silver sides are starting to gather in the swim thrus which always adds a very special touch.
And so ended yet another great week of diving here on the Cayman Aggressor IV. Special mention goes to Don and Shane whom each celebrated a birthday on board with us this week, also to Jeanette for completing 600 logged dives. A very special mention must go to Irv, who has been on board this so many times he is now an honorary crew member.
Until Next Week
Your Cayman Aggressor IV Crew