*Roatan Aggressor Captains log November 3-10, 2018
*Air Temp. 79-85 F
*Water Temp. 81-83 F
* Visibility 70-100ft
* Wetsuit req. 3-5 mm full or shortie
Sunday Tavianna’s Wall, Half Moon Bay
Monday – Cayos Cochinos Sea Mounts, Toon Town
Tuesday – Utila: Jack Neal, Pinnacle
Wednesday – Dolphin Cave, Lighthouse Reef
Thursday – Cara A Cara, Mary’s Place, Valley of the Kings
Friday – Mr. Bud
We are happy to welcome 17guests from around the United States & Canada. There are some familiar faces, as well as, some new comers. We welcome Joe & Olney Dive Club from Maryland. After everyone set up their gear and got acquainted, we had a delicious BBQ meal on the sundeck and everyone went to their cabins for some well-needed rest.
We started the day with a cruise to the north side. Our first dive site was Tavianna’s Wall. This is a great site with lots of sea life. A spotted eel, green & hawksbill turtles, sail fin blenny, yellow-headed jaw fish, peacock flounder, porcupine fish and yellow tailed wrasse were a few of the critters seen. A short cruise over to Half Moon Bay put us on our afternoon and night dive site. Groupers, another spotted eel, turtles and more turtles and plenty of nocturnal critters on our night dive including the ever-exciting octopus. This was Cindy’s first night dive and one she said she would remember. Back on the yacht, Jannell had some wonderful hot chocolate with a little extra something to take the chill out of the dive.
We arrived at the Cayos seamounts for our pre breakfast sight of the morning. 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. There were lots of schooling fish, as well as, nurse sharks, grey reef shark, ocean triggers & some very friendly grouper. Everyone enjoyed 2 dives here before moving into the amazing bay at Cayos Cochinos. Toon Town was our afternoon site. Named because of its vast varieties of Tunicates. This is where the Bay Islands became known to be the Macro Capital of the Caribbean. Tunicates are filter feeders that are some of the most colorful creatures in the ocean. The most plentiful is the blue bell tunicate, which is found here in abundance. Lots of small stuff was seen here. Nudis, flamingo tongues and a large toad fish was seen out in the open on the night dive.
We started early for the cruise across to the island of Utila. Our first site was Jack Neal’s. Some of the sea animals seen were; an upside down jellyfish, hermit crab, shovel nosed eel, giant barracuda, several cleaning stations, flying ganard, electric ray and several peacock flounder. After two great morning dives, we began our move around to the north side of the island. On the way, the Captain heard some radio chatter about a possible whale shark siting. The guests and crew were excited for a possible encounter with these beautiful animals. Several large bait balls were sited and sure enough, whale sharks!! We then had smaller groups of the guests get in the dinghy and approached the bait ball with hopes of getting in the water with the animals. That is exactly what happened. We stayed with the whale sharks for a couple of hours with different groups taking turns shuttling out to the shark(s). Lots of pics and high fives later, it came to an end…Wow!! What a great encounter. We then moved further around to the north side of the island to our last site of the day, The Pinnacle. It is known for its dramatic pinnacle with several swim thrus, throughout. A soap fish, schooling creole wrasse, a juvenile trunkfish and a large green eel were seen. What a great day of diving!
An early morning breakfast cruise put us on our first site of the day, Dolphin Cave.
This site is a series of cracks, crevices and tunnels that traverse the reef, winding its way into the shallows. All the divers took the tour through the caves. Yellow-headed jaw fish, schooling creole wrasse, anemones, juvenile flounders, spotted cleaner shrimp, squat lobster, snapping shrimp, Bermuda chubs, glassy eyed sweepers, arrow crabs, hermit crabs, juvenile spotted drum were some of the sea life seen. We then moved west to our afternoon and evening site, Lighthouse Reef. The visibility is pretty darn good, we spend the day there and after dinner 4 splash for a night dive. The day dive’s highlight was a spotted eagle ray that did several “flybys”. Several octopuses, lobsters, crabs and shrimp were seen. Its been a long day & we are all ready for bed, its Sharks tomorrow and a pre breakfast dive, until tomorrow
Back to the south side of Roatan for our early morning shark dive at Cara a Cara and we were barely into the water before curious groupers came in to see what goodies we had brought for them. They stayed with us the whole dive, as did 10 grey reef sharks. Mary’s place was next another incredible shallow healthy reef and sheer wall. Long know to be one of Roatans best. There are lots of cuts, cracks and crevices. Among the sea life seen were turtles, mantis shrimp and schooling creole wrasse, and a seahorse. Last dive site was Valley of the Kings. This site is highlighted by several sloping sands chutes that start very shallow and runs downward towards the beautiful wall. Wow! Seahorse central. There were 5 seahorses seen.Yellow-headed jaw fish, sail fin blenny, pipefish & schooling sennets were also seen. The night dive had several octopuses, peacock flounder, slipper lobster, crabs, squid & lobster.
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.
Always a sad day to see our friends and family depart, however there was plenty of happy faces knowing that we will dive together again soon onboard the Roatan Aggressor. Special congrats to our Iron divers: Cindy & RC. Thanks to Olney Dive Club & the rest of the gang. Make sure to check out the “Critter Board” on pics of the week to see a more detailed view of what the guests saw for the charter.
Until next time, Captain & crew of the Roatan Aggressor…