*Roatan Aggressor Captains log November 11-18, 2017
*Air Temp. 79-81 F
*Water Temp. 81-83 F
* Visibility 30-70ft
* Wetsuit req. 3-5mm full, shortie or skin
Sunday –Mr. Buds, Pirate’s Pointe
Monday – French Cay Wall, Calvin’s Crack
Tuesday – Virginia’s Wall, 40’ Wall, Mr. Bud
Wednesday – Cara a Cara (Shark dive), Front Porch Reef , Mary’s Place
Thursday – Cayos Cochinos Sea Mounts, Toon Town Mr. Bud
Friday-Cara a Cara, 40’ Wall
Saturday November 11
We are happy to welcome 16 guests from around the United States, Argentina, Russia & Spain. There were several new faces, as well as, some familiar ones. Our guests sampled the Chef’s wonderful jerk chicken & BBQ ribs on the sun deck. Afterward, everyone retired for a well-needed rest.
Sunday November 12
We stayed on the south side for our first dive at Mr. Buds. Several free swimming eels were seen, as well as, two juvenile spotted drums. A green eel came out of its borough to feast on a lionfish. . A bridled burr fish, yellow-headed jaw fish, lobster & a scorpion fish were seen. Next up was the popular Pirate’s Pointe. It is known for it’s sloping sand chute and is vibrant with sea life. A spotted eel, yellow headed jaw fish, large channel crab and a free-swimming green eel were seen. The green eel stayed with the group for several minutes and put on a great show. Weather turned a little nasty, so for the sake of safety, there was no night dive. Great first day of diving.
Monday November 13
Our first dive site was French Cay Wall a queen angel, spadefish; several cryptic teardrop crabs, lobster and a spotted drum were seen. We then moved east on the south side to Calvin’s Crack. This is a beautiful sight known for its large swim thru crevice. The crevice starts at 25 feet and descends the sea floor opening on the wall at about 90 feet. Gorgeous. Exploring the top of the site we found our resident orange sea horse, clinging to a piece of coral. Lots of yellow-headed jaw-fish, lobster and a curious mantis shrimp were seen. Night dive was spectacular. Four octopuses, crabs, lobsters, squid and our beautiful orange seahorse…. Wow!! Then hot chocolate with a little something for those brave night divers.
Tuesday November 14
We moved further east on the south side to the pristine site, Virginia’s Wall. Almost all the way to the far east end of the Island of Roatan. Lots of sea life. Diana & Ian saw a free-swimming green moray. Sail fin blenny, southern stingray, spotted drum and schools of jacks and barracuda were seen. We then moved west to 40’ wall. Jen, Audrey & Craig saw a nurse shark at 90’ off the wall. Followed by a big turtle. Several nudis and schools of angelfish were also in attendance. The night dive had the usual suspects. Crabs, lobster and yes…octopus. Several squid were also seen off the dive deck attracted by the lights of the yacht. The guests were then greeted by our wonderful stewardess Jana with a smile and a cup of hot chocolate.
Wednesday November 15
We went off shore on the south side for our early morning shark dive at Cara a Cara. Cara a Cara means face to face in Spanish and that’s exactly what it was. s soon as the divers jumped in the water and descended curious groupers came to see what was up. Then 10-12 Caribbean grey reef sharks swam with the group and put on a great show for 40 minutes. Next we went to the north but the seas were too rough so we returned to the south side to do a drift dive at The Front Porch Reef. A curious free swimming Moray followed the group for several minutes. Lobster, a spotted eel, schooling jacks and a turtle were seen. Our final site of the day was the famous Mary’s Place. Always a great dive through all the cracks and crevices. Yellow headed jaw fish, schooling sergeant majors, 2 box crabs, speckled blenny, and several tiger grouper were seen. The night dive was great. Lobster, crab, scorpion fish and octopus.
Thursday November 16
We made the journey from the south side of Roatan to the seamounts at Cayos Cochinos. These under water wonders rise from the sea floor to within 45’ of the surface. Our dives consisted of 2 drift dives. First dive was on the north side of the seamounts and the second was on the south side. Lots of schooling jacks & barracuda were seen. Also, several turtles, a yellow ray, spotted moray and lots of ocean triggers. We then returned to Roatan to do our night dive at Mr. Bud. Crabzilla and his family, lobster and lots of reef squid were seen. Great night dive.
Friday November 17
We went back to Cara a Cara, by popular demand, for the first dive. Once again, a great show of grey reef sharks. Last dive was 40’ wall. Then it was time to head in and start cleaning up the gear and enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by Chef Dorian.
Once again it’s time to say our goodbyes. Special congrats to Christina on 50 dives. Also a fond farewell to George a two-week guest. We’ll miss you. Also congrats to Ian on completing his nitrox course. Welcome to the green gas club!!
Until next time, Crew of the Roatan Aggressor…