Cayman Aggressor IV
July 8th to 15th 2017
Guests Wayne & Sandy, Sally, Mary Ann, Diane, Tom & TJ, Lin & Phil, Jari & Meri, Bruce, Mike, Kevin Judith & Noah.
Crew Capt Niall, 1st & Engineer Alan, Chef Kingsley, Instructors Justin & Aubri, Steward & 2nd Engineer Oneil.
Water Temp 81f
Air Temp 86f
Exposure protection, ½ mil suit or rash guard and board shorts.
Saturday All guests were safely aboard by 9pm at night so we pushed off the dock and headed out to mooring to get a good nights rests in readiness for the week of diving to come.
Sunday Our week started at the ship reef Doc Poulson for a single dive and a brilliant way to start the week. Phil & Lin, whom were on for 2 whole weeks, had the great fortune to come across 5 turtles, it seemed a female turtle was being courted by several males and made for a fine sighting on the very first dive. On we moved to Sting Ray City for a dive with several Sting Rays and we even had an appearance for a very big Barracuda. On again we moved to Babylon for a couple of dives before making a very smooth crossing to Little Cayman.
Monday We awoke in Bloody Bay to a glorious sunrise and flat calm seas with Randys Gazebo just beneath the tranquil waves. Kingsley served up yummy blueberry and banana pancakes that set us up for a truly great day of diving. We had turtles, moray eels, lionfish, delightful juvenile spotted drum, super friendly Groupers and reef sharks………all that before we had any lunch. We moved up the bay to Meadows for the rest of the day and it really was the very best way to spend a Monday afternoon, more friendly Grouper and atmospheric swim thrus along with more turtles and sharks.
Tuesday Our day started at Leah Leahs Lookout on Bloody Bay wall and again turtles and Grouper were the order of the morning. A delightful juvenile spotted drum also played and danced for the cameras along with a sleeping nurse shark. Kingsley served up a genuine Italian lunch as we cruised across to Cayman Brac for an afternoon and night of ship wreck diving. The MV Keith Tibbets has been on the ocean floor since 1996 and it is clearly evident in the abundant coral growth that adorns the wreck. We explored this relic of the cold war era and the nearby reef and also had a fantastic night dive with basket stars and moray eels and a big and active octopus.
Wednesday We got an early start and made our way back to Little Cayman with a gentle ocean lapping the hull. 3 Fathom Wall was our first stop for a couple dives and it really was Bloody Bay at its best. The seas were flat and a deep rich blue greeted us as we descended down onto the drop off that was only 3 fathoms deep. We had turtles and schooling snapper and a very cool find of a male jawfish with a mouthful of eggs. Cheese burgers in paradise was the lunch time fare and a healthy nap seemed to be enjoyed by all as we cruised the short distance to Sara’s Set. Sailfin Blennys in a fight seemed to be the highlight of the dive before we moved onto Bus Stop for a late afternoon and a night dive.
Thursday Our day started early with a dawn dive and it was well worth the effort. A loggerhead turtle greeted us just after we jumped in and before too long a grey reef shark joined us for a swim and came back to see us at least 10 times on the dive. Next Stop was Donna’s delight for a couple of dives and a final stop at the Great Wall to see Freddie the Grouper. The seas were as flat as anyone of us could remember for a long time and it was a perfect end to our time in Little Cayman. Our crossing back to Grand Cayman was gentle, and uneventful.
Friday The USS Kittiwake was our first stop this morning and it was a truly popular dive with our easy going gang of happy divers. We weaved our way in and out of this once proud US Navy Submarine Rescue Vessel that sits in 50ft of water and day by day becomes more of a living reef. For our final dive we made our way across the bay to Devils Grotto for a dive with swims thrus and schools of Tarpon.
And so came to an end a wonderful week of diving here in the Cayman Islands. We travelled to all 3 of the Cayman Isles and enjoyed the best diving in the best condition. Special mention goes to Noah for completing his Nitrox course and to Sandy whom logged 1300 dives on board this week.
Until Next Week
Your Cayman Aggressor Crew