*Roatan Aggressor Captains log January 6-13, 2018
*Air Temp. 75-83 F
*Water Temp. 81-83 F
* Visibility 70-100ft
* Wetsuit req. 3mm full, shorty or skin
Sunday – Tavianna’s Wall , Mr Bud
Monday 40’ Wall, Virginia’s Wall
Tuesday – Calvin’s Crack, Pirate’s Point
Wednesday – Cayos Sea Mounts, Toon Town
Thursday – Cara a Cara, Mary’s Place, Valley of the Kings, Mr. Bud
Friday – Mr. G’s
We are happy to welcome 15 guests from around the United States. Everyone arrived by the 3:30 boarding time. We had some cold beverages for all the guests while they checked out the yacht and set up their dive gear. We then had a delicious BBQ cook out prepared by Chef Dorian, on the sun deck. A few hearty souls stayed up a few more hours but the majority of guests went to their cabins for some well-deserved rest.
We moved from the port to the north side. Tavianna’s Wall was our first site. Everyone jumped in and checked out their gear. Several turtles, a spotted moray and a scorpion fish were seen. Several sail fin blennies & yellow-headed jaw fish were spotted, as well as, a queen trigger. The afternoon sight was Mr. Bud. A free-swimming green moray was seen on the wall and a scaly tailed mantis shrimp. Also, the group saw: pike blenny, pipe fish, mantis shrimp, squat anemone shrimp, lobster and plenty of schooling reef fish. The night dive was fabulous. The group saw lettuce sea slug, spotted moray, bridled burr fish, slimy doris and an octopus.
First up for the morning was 40’ Wall. This site is known for its sand chutes and shallow coral gardens. The site is teeming with sea life. Captain Eddy found our resident sea horse hanging out on the wall. Pipe fish, barracuda, creole wrasse, anemone shrimp, Pederson shrimp and a turtle were seen. We then traveled to the east end of Roatan and arrived at our afternoon site, Virginia’s Wall (Place). A beautiful site highlighted by a large sand chute that slopes from 30’ down to the wall and into the blue. Again we saw our resident yellow seahorse. Lots & lots of Creole wrasse were seen on the wall. A golden spotted eel, small mantis shrimp and several clinging crabs were also seen. The night dive gave way to the usual suspects; lots of spiny lobster, crabs, and cryptic tear drop crabs, and yes a beautiful octopus. It was a great night dive.
We traveled back west early in the morning to our first site, Calvin’s Crack. The guests saw everything. A large mantis shrimp, our male orange sea horse, toad fish, free swimming green eel, yellow headed jaw fish, spotted scorpion fish and lots of schooling reef fish. The afternoon site was Pirate’s Pointe. This site is known for its sloping sand chute and diverse topography. A green free swimming moray, mahogany moray, spotted moray, yellow headed jaw fish, scorpion fish and several clinging crabs were seen. The night dive was spectacular. Crabs, lobster, shrimp & 2 beautiful octopuses were seen.
Wednesday We arrived at the Cayos Cochinos seamounts @ 7:00.These two pinnacles come up from the depths to within 45ft from the surface and is a haven for pelagic critters and beautiful coral life. Large groupers, schooling snapper & jacks greeted the divers upon entering the water. After two dives we headed into the islands of Cayos Cochinos. Our afternoon site was Toon Town. Known for it’s abundance of tunicates, this sight is always a guest favorite. Tunicates are some of the most colorful sea creatures in the oceans. After 1 dive we returned to Roatan. We enjoyed one of Chef Dorian’s delicious meals along the way. Weather was not conducive for the night dive so people relaxed, played cards and got ready for the next day of diving.
The morning sight was the shark dive @ Cara a Cara. It was finally nice and calm & sunny! All the guests jumped in and were immediately greeted by the friendly resident groupers. Next came in the sharks. 10-12 of these majestic creatures joined the group for about 35 minutes and put on a great show. We then returned to the yacht for a hearty breakfast and went to our next site, Mary’s Place. Known for its cuts, crevices and swim thrus, Mary’s is world class. Secretary blennys, parrot fish, flamingo tongues, nudis, grouper & creole wrasse were seen. Next site was Valley of the Kings. Barracuda, cowfish, giant sponges, clinging crabs and a spotted eel. Were seen. We then did the night dive at Mr. Bud. Big crabs, lobster and several octopus were seen.
Sadly Friday as come oh too soon 2 dives left this morning before we have to head back to our dock in French Harbor, Its time to wash down our gear, pack our bags and enjoy a drink or two at the captains farewell party and a 5 star dinner a Romeo’s restaurant on our dock.
Once again it’s time to say our goodbyes. Special congrats to our Iron divers: Vicky & Jan. Congrats to Terry on his 900th dive, Barb on her 500th dive and Vicky on her 300th dive.
Until next time, Crew of the Roatan Aggressor……