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Air temperature: 75° - 78° F
Water temperature: 81°F
Visibility: 80+ feet
Thermal recommendation: 3mm/5mm full wetsuit
Captain: Amanda Smith
2nd Captain: James Wilford
Engineer: Rob Smith
Chef: Brynne Rardin
Chef: Sarah Pearson
Photo Pro: Conor Ferrin
Deborah & Ruthanne, Cliff & Dawn, Fred & Alexander, Meg & Lauren, Ginny & Jake, Mike, Joe, Tony, Mike and Gerry.
Our Dive Sites
Sunday: Eel Garden, Amphitheater – NWPT,
Monday: The Dome – NWPT, Boat Cove – West Caicos
Tuesday: Spanish Anchor, Magic Mushroom – West Caicos
Wednesday: Gullies, Brandywine – West Caicos
Thursday: Elephant Ear Canyon – West Caicos, Stairway - NWPT
Friday: Pinnacles – Grace Bay
On Saturday, all the guest’s arrived by 3pm, dive equipment was set up for the week, we had the safety briefing at 4pm and dinner was served at 6:30pm. We set out for North West Point the following morning at first light. After breakfast the back deck briefing was done and we entered the water at our first dive site of the week Eel Garden. The checkout dive went well, we saw three Atlantic spade fish on the top of the wall, a spotted eel was switching from one hole to another on a coral head, the big friendly Grouper (I am thinking of calling him Harry) was there in the sand he allows divers to get very close and he is very photogenic. The next site we moved to was Amphitheater, here we found yellow headed Jaw fish with eggs, a Hawksbill turtle, on the second dive a small green turtle showed up as well as lots of schooling fish in the amphitheater and an octopus on the night dive.
The Dome dive site started the next day off where you get two for one as the boat sits nicely between ‘The Dome’ and another site called “Chimney”. A relic from a once upon a time French game show, this collapsed dome has become a veritable artificial reef with thriving Gorgonians and Sponge colonies and this is were we met a very photogenic octopus. “The Chimney” offers a vertical swim through where guests find themselves surrounded on all sides by a myriad of hard corals and reef dwelling critters. Over lunch off to West Caicos to Boat Cove. This time we are treated to schooling barracuda and some rather large sharks (sully) out and about.
Next day we started with Spanish Anchor Down in one of the swim throughs, there is a large anchor that was found on the reef by a Spanish ship a couple hundred years ago. It is the signature photo spot on the site and everyone inspected it as they swam past. We then headed for Magic Mushroom for our afternoon and night dives.
Gullies started the day off with Brandywine in the afternoon; there were reports of a large manta ray.
One of our favorites this morning Elephant Ear Canyon The manta ray was seen here to I hope heshe stays around for a while. We moved back to NWPT for the afternoon to Stairway, after the first dive a pod of 50 or more spotted dolphins came to visit off the back of the yacht some of the guests got to snorkeled with them for a time.
Pinnacles in Grace Bay is the final dive site for the week. A nurse shark assisted but two groupers was trying to get at a fish hiding in a hole on the mini wall, and a big green moray was sitting right under the yacht for all to see.
There were 2 Iron Divers this week were so congrats to Mike & Mike.
Ginny, Jake and Alexander completed Nitrox courses.
First time night diver’s Lauren, Ginny, Alexander, Dawn, Meg and Joe.