Turks & Caicos Aggressor II
17-24 Dec. 2016
Air temperature: 70° - 89° F
Water temperature: 79° - 81° F
Visibility: 50 – 80 feet
Captain: Amanda Smith
Engineer: Rob Smith
Instructor: Conor Ferrin
2nd Captain: Christy Weaver
Chef: Christy Brown
Vitaliy & Olga, Paola & Riccardo, Ben & Maia, Vladimir, Steve, Phil, Rodney Malcom & Jaia, Annette, Elly & David
Sunday – Eel Garden – NW Point / Boat Cove – W. Caicos
Monday – Magic Mushroom / Brandy Wine – W. Caicos
Tuesday – Elephant Ear Canyon / Spanish Anchor – W. Caicos
Wednesday – Gullies / Driveway – W. Caicos
Thursday – The Dome / Amphitheatre – N.W. Point
Friday – Sharks Hotel – N.W. Pont
Saturday afternoon the Turks & Caicos Aggressor II welcomed aboard 9 of 15 guest for the week with one more arriving later that night. With most of the guest onboard we went set up gear, went over the general safety briefing then sat down for one of many excellent meals prepared by Chef Christy. Unfortunately five guest were delayed due to weather and flights and would be pick up after the first day of dive.
On Sunday morning guest enjoyed a nice breakfast then headed out to gather around the dive table to listen in on the general dive briefing, get tanks analyzed and a final gear check before jumping into the water for our first two dives at Eel Garden off of N.W. Point, Provo. This site has a large sandy bottom where garden eels are abundant along with flounder and lobster. But with visibility less than ideal the boat moved on down to West Caicos for the second half of the day. Our first dive off of W. Caicos was at Boat Cove, named for the small cove on the island just in front of dive site. Here we had some great interactions with sharks, a turtle, lobster and an active little peacock flounder. After the night dive the Turks and Caicos Aggressor traveled back up to Sapodilla Bay to pick up the last five guest who had finally arrived after long travels and delays.
On Monday morning with all guest aboard and eager to get in some good diving we started the day with the first two dives at Magic Mushroom. Named for the large mushroom shaped rock just off the island that appears and disappears with the rise and fall of the tide. Before heading out to the wall dive stopped by a large coral head known as Lobster Tower with more the 15 lobster crammed inside a crack in the coral head. For the afternoon dives we jumped over to Brandywine named for all the brandy barrel sponges that cover site. One of the few sloping coral gardens in Turks & Caicos divers enjoyed exploring the site form depths of 45’ to 110’before actually dropping off into a sheer wall again. Here divers saw several sharks, eels and during the night dive lot of nudis and a playful octopus.
For Tuesday the T&C Aggressor remained in West Caicos for five more excellent dives first starring at Elephant Ear Canyon. This is a beautiful dive site with a large canyon filled with tons of elephant ear sponges hints the name, here we had many sharks, rays and in the sandy areas we had lots of garden eels, conch, and some cleaner shrimp tucked in the coral heads. During lunch we moved from the north end of W. Caicos to our southernmost dive site at Spanish Anchor. Here there is a nice swim through with a 300 year old anchor at the end of it, great for posing for photos and then turning up the wall to do some exploration.
Wednesday morning we started at Gullies for the two morning dives 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 guest came back on aboard for a lovely lunch and off to Driveway for our afternoon dives. Once again we had sharks, a turtle, flounder but the high light of the dives was a large eagle passing bye to say hi on the fourth dive.
On Thursday morning the TCA II started up early pulling away from W. Caicos and headed back up to N.W. Point of Provo this is where we spent the remained of the week starting the day off at The Dome. A unique dive that has the remains of an obscure game show from the 80’s. Since then the dome itself has collapsed in on itself but still has a nice swim through and is covered in coral and surrounded by tons of sea life. For the second half of the day we puddled over to Amphitheatre, this site has a large scoop taken out of the wall make an Amphitheatre like structure here you can find seven different types black coral and some really cool decorator crabs living amongst them.
Sharks Hotel were divers of course saw several sharks but got a special treat of have two dolphins swam by to say hello before disappearing back into the blue. Once everyone was safely accounted for back on the boat it came time to head back to Provo. 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!!!!!!