Log Date: Saturday, Jul 15, 2017
Entry By: Roatan Aggressor Crew
*Roatan Aggressor Captains log 15-22th July 2017
*Air Temp. 82-89 F
*Water Temp. 81-83 F
* Visibility 70-100ft
* Wetsuit req. 3mm full or shortie
Captain Eddie Anderson
Master Chef Dorian
Engineer John B
Sunday – Eel Garden, Taviana Wall
Monday – Cayos Cochinos Sea Mount, Toon Town
Tuesday – El Aguila, Half Moon Bay
Wednesday – Odyssey Wreck, Dolphins Cave, Bears Den
Thursday – Cara A Cara, Mary’s Place, Pirates Point
Friday –Mr. Bud’s Wreck
Saturday July 15th
After another amazing week on the Roatan Aggressor, we were extremely anxious and excited to continue our journey by reuniting with long time friends/dive buddies, and meeting new underwater adventurers from different corners of the globe. We were able to explore several dive sites this week, over every part of the gorgeous Roatan Bay Island. After welcoming our new guests with a fantastic meal from Chef Dorian and some local beers and wine, we all settled in for a good nights rest in order to hit it hard early Sunday morning!
Sunday July 16th
We began our adventure with a short commute to the calm waters of West Bay. Our first site was Eel Garden, which is a perfect place to get reunited with the 85 degree water. As if to say hello, a massive school of creole wrasse cruised by everyone as we descended. We knew then it was going to be a great week! Throughout two dives here, we encountered Eagle Rays, Spotted Drums, Midnight Blue Parrotfish, and several small shrimps. We then traveled North to a dive site called Taviana Reef, spending our time with large groupers, spotted and green morays, as well as two extremely inquisitive turtles. Our first full day did not disappoint, with the sun warm, the food hot, and the marine life abundant!
Monday July 17th
The engines fired up at 4am, and we headed South to the beautiful Sea Mounts of Cayos Cochinos. Here, we did two drift dives, encountering several large schools of creole wrasse and blue tangs. A gigantic grouper followed us throughout the dive, looking for a handout of lion fish that we had speared. We then headed into the spectacular beauty of the cove, to a site called Toon Town. We spent the afternoon exploring the vast fields of tunnicates, surrounded by large schools of jacks and snappers. Our night was a filled with movie, popcorn, and wine, eager for what the next day would bring.
Tuesday July 18th
Today was started with a pre-breakfast dive on one of the crews favorite wrecks, El Aguila. This is a large ship that was purposely sunk several years ago for divers, and over the years and after many storms, has broken up to create a plethora of hiding spots for our favorite underwater creatures. Large groupers and barracuda surrounded us throughout the dive, highlighted with a herculean channel clinging crab feeding inside of the ship. We then headed South to a dazzling reef called Half Moon Bay. This healthy stretch of coral provided free swimming green morays, eagle rays, flounders, and neck crabs.
Wednesday July 19th
Chef Dorian, with the stars still sparkling, starts to prepare breakfast for us, waking us with the wafts of bacon and blueberry pancakes that he sends slowly floating by our bunks. We head to another famous wreck on Roatan, The Odyssey. We traversed the inside of this massive freighter, spotting blennies, arrow crabs, and a multitude of red-banded coral shrimp long the way. We then cruised further North, to undeniably one of Roatan’s best dive sites, Dolphins Caves. A shallow reef with several cuts, caves and chutes leading into the deeper water, thousands of silversides were in abundance with jacks, tarpon and snappers enjoying a feast. After a brilliant dive, we returned South, where we had a magnificent drift dive over Bears Den Wall. This exquisite dive included several large schools of horse-eyed jacks and creole wrasse, as well as three turtles, and a pair of eagle rays spreading their wings over the wall.
Thursday July 20th
A crystal clear morning, with the mainland vivid in the distance, gave us insight to what kind of a day we would have today. We started on the South side of the island, at a fantastic site named Cara A Cara. Our fins had barely touched the water before two large Caribbean Reef Sharks came to check us out! Apparently they sent word that we were amazing, because as we drifted along the wall, a seemingly countless number of their shark friends came to play! They bobbed and weaved through our divers, truly showing why the site is translated to “Face to Face!” After this spectacular start to the day, we continued to one of Roatan’s most famous sites, Mary’s Place. This large pinnacle gives divers a chance to explore a variety of different swim throughs, with just about every hole leading to another part of the coral. Our afternoon was enjoyed at yet another beautiful site, Pirates Point. Here, we enjoyed the beautiful colors of the reefs, stingrays in the sand, and crabs getting an early start soon dinner.
Friday July 21th
With two dives left before heading back to Romeos dock, we went to an absolutely incredibly wreck, Mr. Buds. This wreck usually is highlighted by the squat lobsters, yellow-headed jawfish, small shrimps, and other macro creatures; however, today brought us a bit larger present….a Goliath Grouper! This beautiful fish was inside of the wreck, posing for all to see. What a great way to finish the diving! We headed from there to the dock, where we spent the afternoon washing our gear and preparing for the cocktail party!
Saturday July 22th
With a tear in the eye, we say good-bye to our new friends. It was an amazing time together, with a lot of laughter and joyful experiences. We had two new Nitros divers, Talyr and Travis, and a week full of laughter and love. We look forward to seeing each other again, either on this Aggressor, or another one within the fleet! What are you waiting for? C’mon down!!!
Until next time, your Crew on the Roatan Aggressor!