Cayman Aggressor IV
April 8th to 15th 2017
Guests….Kurt & Lynn, Ray & Elliott, Jim, Chris, Daryl, Rand, Brad, Peter, Wendy & Matt, Peter & Annie, Eric & Linnea, Chad.
Crew Capt Niall, 1st Mate Alan, Chef Kingsley, Engineer Rodel, Instructor Justin, Steward Latoya.
Water Temp 80degrees F
Air Temp 84degrees F
Exposure Protection 3mm wetsuit and/or Rashguard & board shorts.
Saturday By 7pm we had all guests on board and safety brief completed. All our happy bit somewhat travel weary divers settled down for a good night’s rest in readiness for the adventure to come.
Sunday Our day began at Bullwinkle divesite on the south side of Grand Cayman. The site is named for the elk horn coral that adorns the shallows like guard towers, never mind that Bullwinkle was a moose it’s the thought that counts. We had tarpon and some pesky lion fish and also found a delightful patch of yellow headed jawfish. Kingsley served up a delicious subway Sunday lunch followed by well deserved ice cream sundaes. Next stop was Pedros Castle for afternoon and nightdive. The topography at Pedros is very different to other parts of Grand Cayman, it offers deep gullies and cavernous swim thrus which is home to all kinds of critters, we found more lionfish and more tarpon along with a very cool sleeping nurse shark and the cutest juvenile spotted drum. The nightdive was described as Octopus city as Chad found 3 in a small area. We also had squid and lobster and channel crab.
Monday The weather gods blew that wind we were expecting and got the sea all roughed up but it did not hamper out adventure as we easily found some clam water on a cool dive site known as Eagle Ray Rock for 2 morning dives and true to the dive site name we had a fantastic Eagle Ray encounter along with a nice of a friendly turtle. Kingsley served up a mouth watering Mexican lunch as we made our way north to the Wreck of the Oro Verde. We have been finding a couple of picture perfect spotted drums on the Oro Verde of late and we were lucky enough to find them again, one is almost full grown but the other is in that magical swimming ribbon stage.
Tuesday Our first stop was the Ship Reef Doc Poulson for a couple of dives. This coral adorned little wreck sits quite close to the drop off and is home to a couple of friendly Eagle Rays and we were lucky enough to see one on the very first dive. We also turtles and some more pesky lion fish. We had several of our eager gang that wanted to expand their dive knowledge and continue their scuba education, we had nitrox students and night diver and deep diver specialty course going and also wreck diver specialty so the Doc Poulson was the perfect spot to do some wreck class work. Kinglsey served up a delectable Italian lunch as we moved the short hop to Lost Treasure and Spanish Anchor for our afternoon and night dives. We again had turtle encounters along with huge lobster and some very cool jawfish with mouths full of eggs. The night dive produced squid and more lobster, a chainmail moray eel and a great big green moray eel along with a channel crab and a very brief but very cool appearance of a small octopus.
Wednesday We awoke to the wind still wanting to blow but it still did not deter our happy gang as we headed to Round Rock/Trinity Caves for a couple of morning dives that produced free swimming moray eels and friendly turtles along with a very cool labyrinth of caverns and swim thrus. Wednesday is always cheese burgers in paradise lunch and it is always super popular…….who doesn’t love cheese burgers in paradise and for the record Kingsley makes the best veggie burger either side of the equator. Our afternoon and night dives were spent near the home of the queens emissary to the Cayman Islands, a site known as Governors reef. We had eagle rays and lobster, turtles and morays eels along wih a slumbering nurse shark. The night dive produced several feeding sting rays, a couple of huge lobster out walking around, we also had a very cool fire clam and the star of the show was a small octopus that gave us a delightful but all too brief hunting display.
Thursday We awoke Thursday to the wind still blowing hard but with a bright ball of sun rising in the sky. Our first stop was Neptunes Drop Off for a couple of morning dives. We had a couple of cool turtle encounters and yet another eagle ray and another free swimming Moray eel. Kingsley served up a most delicious curry lunch that sent us all into a dive/food coma. We spent the rest of the day on the USS Kittiwake enjoying a splendid mix of classic shipwreck, healthy reef and sheer drop off. A goliath grouper was the star of the show, he seems to have made his home inside the Kittiwake.
Friday Sadly our last day had arrived but we still had some cool dives to do, Angelfish Reef and Devils Grotto were the chosen spots and with crystal clear water and zero current all giant strided into the blue for one last go. We had a cool turtle and a labyrinth of caverns. We got back to George Town harbor on good Friday and all agreed it was not only a good Friday but a very good week. Special mention goes to Daryl whom completed his 50th dive on board with us this week and also to Rand for completing his nitrox course, Linnea & Eric did their nitrox and wreck specialty class and Wendy, Peter & Matt completed their night, wreck and deep certification as they move onwards to their master diver certification and last but by no means least we had Lynn & Kurt whom were on board for their 24th Aggressor trip and their 8th on board the Cayman Aggressor, thank you Lynn & Kurt for your loyal business.
And so another great week of diving on board the Cayman Aggressor IV we had some old friends that came back to see us and some folks that were new to the Aggressor fleet but all say they will soon be on this or another Aggressor very soon.
Until Next Week
Your Cayman Aggressor Crew