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Cayman Aggressor IV
Aug 26th to Sept 2nd 2017
Guests Kenny & Sara, Larry & Cari, Alan & Sarah, Alain, Linda & Debbie, Don, Anthony, Cindy & Bill, Mike, Steve, Patrick, Marc.
Crew Capt Niall, 1st Mate & Chef Alan, Instructor & Engineer Manny, Instructors Aubri & Justin, Steward Latoya.
Air Temp 87f Water temp 83f
Exposure protection, Swim suits, board shorts & rash guards.
Saturday We had all guests on board by 4pm and although one dive bag was sent on a n airline merry-go-round we finally had all guests and bags safely on board by midnight.
Sunday Our first stop was the ship reef Doc Poulson for a single dive. The visibility was gin crystal clear and not a hint of current and it was a perfect start to the week. We moved onto Sting Ray City for a single dive at that famous place and it was really good fun with several Rays entertaining us. Chef Alan served up a yummy Subway Sunday lunch followed by sinful Ice Cream Sundaes as we moved out east to Babylon for a couple of dives before departing for Bloody Bay, Little Cayman.
Monday We awoke to a dynamically glorious sunrise over Little Cayman after a smooth crossing the night before. Randys Gazebo was our first stop and Bloody Bay was truly resplendent in both color and life. We had Grouper Galore along with turtles and a friendly nurse shark all with a background of a light purple haze. A Mexican theme was the lunch time fare today and we was enjoyed by all as we made the short hop to Meadows for the afternoon and night dive. Reef Sharks, Turtles, schooling jacks, hunting Barracuda and even more friendly Grouper were the order of the afternoon with a night dive that produced mantis shrimp, channel crab, lobster, a free swimming nurse shark and an Octopus that was out hunting for almost 12 minutes.
Tuesday A short run down Bloody Bay wall to 3 Fathom Wall got our day under way and it was the kind of day of diving we all got certified in the hope to enjoy. The ocean was extremely well behaved and the visibility in the 110ft plus range. The wall starts at the above named 3 Fathoms aka 18ft and it is just all blue and gold, a deep rich blue of the drop off and all gold in the shimmering vibrant wall top. We again had a very peacefully nurse shark along with several schools of Bermuda chub, yellow tailed snapper and striped grunts. Italian lunch was the feast served by Alan today as we made the 18 mile run to Cayman Brac for an afternoon on the former Russian destroyer now renamed the Capt keith Tibbetts. We really could see from stem to stern along the wreck and the wind had us lay directly in line with this old cold war era relic. An eagle ray delighted us by feeding close by the wreck and allowing some of our happy gang close enough for a full frame shot.
Wednesday An early start saw us get under way and a return to glorious Bloody Bay. Chef Alan had the scent French toast and smoked sausage drift thru the yacht and folks definitely responded to the aromatic tease and soon all were enjoying a yummy breakfast. Nancys Cuppa Tea was our first stop for a couple of dives and it was a shark & turtle kinda morning. Cheese Burgers in Paradise were enjoyed by all at lunch as we made our way to the far end of Bloody Bay………..a whole 10 minutes away……to Joys Joy for a single dive and a very popular dive it proved to be, the topography at Joys is different to many other sites on Bloody Bay, it has large pinnacles and a deeper drop off. We ended our day with a late afternoon and night dive at Bus Stop. Sharks, turtles and more friendly Grouper were the order of the dives.
Thursday A dawn dive was how we started our day and again we had sharks and turtles and even more friendly Grouper and then back on deck for eggs to order with smoked bacon and hash browns…….a great way to start any day. Next stop was Leah Leahs Lookout for a couple of dives on one of the lushest reef tops in Bloody Bay and it also has some very dynamic swim thrus and crevices. A turtle so engrossed in breakfast it had no idea of the divers and cameras surrounding it was just one of many highlights of the dive. We finished our time in Little Cayman and the sister islands with a dive back at Randys Gazebo and it was a very fitting way to say goodbye to the sister islands.
Friday A gentle crossing saw us back at Grand Cayman and a tied securely to the USS Kittiwake. We did a single dive on this once proud US Navy Submarine Rescue Vessel before heading across the bay to Devils Grotto for our final dive. The seas were flat and the sunshine bright as with heavy hearts we brought our week of diving to a close. A great time was had by all.
Until Next Week
Your Cayman Aggressor Crew.