Cayman Aggressor IV
Nov 4th to 11th 2017
Guests Peter, Fred, Bob & Denise, Peter & Bob, Leo & Barbara, Gary, Paul, Andrew, Marcel, Pawel, Rafal, Peter & Laura.
Crew Capt Niall, Engineer Rodel, Chef Kingsley, Instructors Aubri & Justin, Steward Latoya.
Air Temp 80 to 84F
Water Temp 78 to 81f
Exposure protection 3mm wetsuits
Saturday We had guests come from near and far and several guests that have been with many times. Germany, England and the US of A provided us with a blend of nationalities all with the common bond of a love of the underwater world. All guests were on board by 4.30pm so we pushed off the dock and headed out for a great week of diving.
Sunday Our day of diving was a wreck of a day. It all started at the ship”reef” Doc Poulson in warm and crystal clear water. Schooling jacks entertained us as we cruised this coral encrusted wreck. Chef Kingsley served up a yummy subway Sunday lunch as we made the short run to another wreck for the afternoon and night dives. The Oro Verde was the chosen spot and it now more wreckage than wreck but the critters that hide in all the nooks and crannys are many and varied. We had several lobster, 2 delightful spotted drum, a bright green moray eel, 2 decorated yellow rays and at least 3 feeding turtles.
Monday An early start saw us head south to a very cool spot know as Bullwinkle afternoon the famous cartoon character and although Bullwinkle was a fictional moose, it’s the elk horn coral in the shallows that give the site it name. We had several camera friendly tarpon and some very cute sailfin blennys all with the back drop of dynamic swim thrus and gullies and even had a nurse shark ,make an appearance. Our next stop was Devils Grotto for a couple of dive and here the resident schools of tarpon among the glorious swim thrus that make the Grotto so famous. For late afternoon and a night dive we made our way back to Bullwinkle and rewarded with 20 minutes of a happily feeding octopus.
Tuesday An early start saw us head out to the east end of Grand Cayman for some dynamic wall diving at Tunnel of Love. The wall here is sheer and cuts back in many places and as the name suggests there is a very cool tunnel that today was blocked by a 6ft goliath Grouper that was none too happy to be disturbed and so turned tail left with a swoosh that left a ball of sand in its wake. An Italian lunch was Kingsley midday feast as we made our way back along the east end wall to Lighthouse Drop Off for a single dive on another sheer drop off with cool swim thrus. Our late afternoon and night dive were at Pedros Castle among more atmospheric swim thrus and gullies and a night dive that produced several spiny lobster and even a slipper lobster and of course yet another Octopus.
Wednesday We awoke to the sweet scent of French toast drifting from Kingsley’s galley and with the USS Kittiwake only 50ft beneath us we knew we were in for a good day. The Kittiwake is now a different dive than it was only a month ago, Hurricane Nate and Tropical Storm pushed the wreck closer to the reef and over on its side. The angles for photo and video and now completely different and its proximity to the reef make the wreck seem more imposing. Cheese Burgers in paradise was the lunch time fare and as always Kingsley burgers were a huge hit. We made our way to Neptunes Drop Off for a single afternoon dive before we headed to Governors Reef for a late afternoon and night dive. Governors Reef offered up some very cool critters and animal behavior, we had turtles and lobster and an octopus along with moray eels and nurse shark but the nurse shark and moray eel seemed to be trying to share the same crack in the reef of both trying to eat what was in the reef, this behavior carried on for quite a while.
Thursday 6am was our start as we headed to Round Rock/ Trinity Caves for the first 2 dives of the day. The site is regarded as one of the best spots on the west side of Grand Cayman. A free swimming eel and another friendly turtle were among the sightings and the many swim thrus and caverns proved a big hit. Our next stop was a very popular dive at Bonnies Arch with more turtles and abundant coral life and the arch which forms part of the name had video cameras rolling and shutters snapping. For our final 2 dives we headed to Lost Treasure and Spanish Anchor for a mid afternoon and twilight dive. More turtles and a small octopus crowned off a great day of diving. And we still had the Kingsleys famous and delicious thanks giving dinner to look forward to.
Friday Our final 2 dives were a mix of very cool swim thrus and friendly turtles at a spot know as Big Tunnels. The drop here is a sheer as you can get and it is always a popular choice. You can cruise the wall top or descend in the blue, you can weave thru atmospheric tunnels of a mix of all three. It was Pirates week this week in Cayman and for our Capts cocktail party we had pole position for the fire works display and it was a very fitting end to a great week of diving.
Special mention this week goes to Gary for completing his 100 dive on board with us and very special mention goes to Fred spending yet another week on boarding with us, making that the 26th time Fred has cruised with the Cayman Aggressor IV and 45 times Aggressor Fleet ……Thank you Fred !!!
Until Next Week
Your Cayman Aggressor Crew