Roatan Aggressor Captains Log January 27th-February 3rd, 2018
*Air Temp. 78-81F
*Water Temp. 77-79 F
* Visibility 70-100+ft
* Wetsuit req. 3-5 mm full, shortie or skin
Captain - Eddy
Cruise Director - Alan
Chef - Dorian
Instructor - Gerardo
Deck Hand - German
Sunday – Pirate Point & Mr Bud
Monday - Cocos Seamounts, Cayos Cochinos & Toon Town
Tuesday – Taviana & Marys Place
Wednesday – Calvins Krack & Virginias Wall
Thursday – Cara A Cara, Pirate Point, Little French Cay & Mr Bud
Friday – 40ft Point & Marys Place
9 excited guests joined us this week from California and Texas, with 7 crew onboard this week they are sure to be spoilt, a tasty BBQ of juicy ribs & succulent chicken was eaten on the sundeck as our intimate group got to know each other over a glass or two of wine. Those who had travelled from the west coast were ready for an early night while others stayed up viewing our entertainment selection.
Departing our home dock on the north-side of Roatan we travel a short distance to our first site at Pirates Point, site of a sunken dredger which sank more than 20 years ago which sits along the vast wall on the banks of a sand shoot. 2 dives & the critters were out in full force, our new critter board was filling up fast, 3 Squat Anemone Shrimp in a row, a male Yellow Headed Jawfish irrigating his eggs, vibrant green Lettuce Leaf Slugs, Slender Caribbean Sea Spiders which are actually shrimp, a huge Peacock Flounder, Yellow Line Gobies, Sandivers & Lizard Fish to name but a few. Onto Mr Bud for the remainder of the day, beautifully calm, sunny & bright weather had followed a fresh downpour this morning, the marine life was out in abundance, Arrow Blennies, Arrow Crabs, Banded Coral Shrimp, Mantis Shrimp, Snapping Shrimp, Flamingo Tongues, White Spotted Trigger fish played as Giant Barracudas hunted, Green & Spotted Morays, danced around the wreck, cameras were busy flashing away, capturing memories. Chef had prepared sustainable, Big Eye Snapper, caught fresh in very the deep waters of Guanaja, further east.
An early start for the crew, 20 miles south to the Seamounts at Cocos, beautiful as always, huge shoals of Atlantic Spade, Horse Eyed Jacks, Bar Jack, Creole Wrasse amongst others, darting and swarming around us, a skittish Nurse Shark passes by as mating Cow Fish turn yellow & purple in their ritual.
A few miles further south & we are at Cayos Cochinos & Toon Town, know for it blossoming Tunicates, rich purple colour splashes the vibrant reef, visibility was good & the water calm, Silver Kingfish roamed while Secretary Blennies hid. As night fell & the last divers dove, they were greeted by the Bearded Toadfishes call, another delicious meal with homemade cheesecake and our tired explorers are ready for an early night.
Engines started at 4.30am & we started our journey North, heading towards the West End of Roatan, for our AM dives at, Taviana. Here we were greeted by 2 Hawksbill Turtles, an enormous Channel Clinging Crab and several Lobster, a little chilly wind required a ration of hot chocolate & whipped cream! Yummy :-). The wind picked up during the 2nd dive & visibility dropped, we decided to move to the shelter of the south side at Marys Place, dive master Gerardo found a Curved Nose Neck Crab & the night dive rewarded us with a juvenile Viper Moray, Scotch Bonnet Snail & dozens of Cryptic Teardrop Crabs, Basking & Brittle Stars carpeted the top of the pinnacle. We headed to our home dock for a calm and restful nights sleep.
Bright and early we are off to our first dive site at Kalvins Krack, two wonderful dives, our G Master finding both Diamond & Caribbean Pipefish for our guests, Julie & Cary spotted a couple of Black Spotted Nudibranchs before we move onwards to our afternoon dive site at Virginias Wall, Captain Eddy to the rescue as he finds not one but two Sea Horses, a golden pregnant male & a vibrant orange, on the night dive we enjoyed a Reef Octopus & John finds the smallest Mushroom Scorpion Fish, what a night.
Thursday February 1st
We head east, arriving at Cara Cara for a pre breakfast dive with our resident reef sharks!!! Action packed, adrenaline rush, great footage a dive never to forget, after breakfast we head to Pirates Point, the weather wasnt playing ball but Pirates gave us the best visibility & surface conditions. After lunch we dove at Little French Cay, Kristy with eyes like a hawk found the most amazingly tiny yellow Seahorse, absolutely gorgeous, also seen were several incredibly small Drum fish & a Scorpion fish. The night dive was at Mr Bud & to everyones joy an Octopus came out to play, guests captured awesome pictures, dinner was Steak & Lobster followed by Creme Brûlée & our movie of the week.
Sadly Friday came too soon, the weather is beautiful, calm, sunny & warm, first we went on a drift dive at 40ft point & our final dive at MarysPlace, a huge Green Moray, Anemone Cleaning Shrimp, Arrow Blennies, amongst all the usual suspects. A wonderful week with fabulous guests & a lot of laughs, heading back to our dock in French Harbour its time to wash down our gear, pack our bags and enjoy a drink or two at the captains farewell party followed by a 5 star dinner a Romeos restaurant at our home dock
Special congrats go out to our Seahorse Whisperer Kristy, Sundeck Princess Christine, Best Buddy Team Cary & Julie and our V8 Gas Guzzler Scott.
Until next time, Crew of the Roatan Aggressor……