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Cayman Aggressor V
23rd February – 2nd March 2019
Guests Stefano, Jeryl, Steve, Lisa, Tony, Carsen, Katie, Chuck, Sharon, Megan, Chris, Dick, Scott, Chris, Cliff, Deb, Rick, Al and Anne.
Crew Randy, Oneil, Latoya, Rodel, Kerry, Kris, Matt.
Water temp 78-80F; Air temp 84 to 88F
Saturday new divers began trickling in from around the states around 3PM . After getting the gear sorted and luggage unpacked we met in the salon for a welcome briefing. After introductions and orientation, It was time for a BBQ dinner papered by Latoya.
We started the engines at 6am and moved the vessel to the first dive site of the week, the Doc Poulson. It was a perfect check out dive, we stayed in the shallow water at around 50feet checking out the beautiful coral covered wreck and the patches of reef that lay just next to it. After two dives here, we then moved around the other side of the island to a dive site called Babylon. This deep wall drops off offers an amazing pinnacle that is covered in black coral. On the dive the guests also saw a couple of hawksbill turtles, a stingray and one buddy team found a free-swimming moray. We completed another two dives here and then it was time to pull up the ladders and start the engines. Next stop Little Cayman.
We arrived in Little Cayman in the early hours after a 10-hour crossing from Grand Cayman. When we arrived, me moored up to our first dive site, Randys Gazebo. As the sun rose the guests started to make their way out of their cabins excited to see Little Cayman, and even more excited to see what was under the surface. At 8am we jumped in for our first dive in Little, once in the guests understood why we love this island so much. The visibility was around 90foot, and the marine life was in abundance. Three turtles were spotted on the first dive along with a lemon ray, Nurse shark, Nudibranchs, fire worms, Groupers and much more! After two dives at Randys, we sat down and enjoyed Mexican Monday for lunch. While we the guests filled their bellies, the crew got the boat ready to move to the next site, Marylins cut. On the dive the guests found more marine life including lobster, sea cumbers, banned coral shrimp, and more turtles! It was soon time for the first night dive of the trip. We decided to move to a new site for this as the winds were due to pick up very soon and we would be safer in a more protected part of Little Cayman. We Move along to Jackson bite on a dive site called Bus stop. On the night dive the guests that chose to jump in saw barracuda, octopus, stingrays, squid and lots of channel cleaning crabs. Once everyone was up it was time for hot chocolate and hot towels to end a very successful first day in Little Cayman.
We started the day at the same site as the night dive, Bus stop. This dive has a mini wall which then Leads to a beautiful drop off on Jackson bite. We completed two dives here in the morning and on the dives the guests found a range of marine life, including sail fish blennies, stingrays, lettuce sea slugs, flatworms, spotted morays and even a sleeping nurse shark was found by one buddy team. After a very tasty Italian themed lunch it was time for the crew to move the boat to the afternoon location, we headed back to bloody ball wall to Donnas delights. While on the dive we found, spotted drum, yellow spotted stingray, more turtles, and a spotted moray. We stayed here for the night dive as well, and even more was found including more octopus, squid and lots of lobsters.
Wednesday morning, we started the engines and headed to the next dive site on bloody bay, Lea Leas lookout. This another beautiful wall dive with plenty of life in the shallows. While on the first couple of dives we found a large sleeping nurse shark, lettuce sea slugs, Moray eel, arrow crabs, and lots of groupers following us around. It was then cheese burgers in paradise for lunch! Everyone filled themselves up and then enjoyed some ice cream for dessert. After a well-deserved nap it was then time for the afternoon dives. We moored up on another site on bloody bay wall for the afternoon on a site called, Great wall. This is the sheerest part of bloody bay wall, with the top of the wall being only 20 foot deep. It has large coral heads that stick up and are home to huge amounts of marine life. As well as this the divers saw all the soft coral that grew on top of the wall, within that they found baby nurse sharks, turtles, sea cucumbers, barracuda, spotted drum fish, and a goliath grouper was seen swimming by. After everyone was up from the dives we started the engines up and used the good weather to our advantage. We made our way to Cayman Brac. After about an hour we arrived and moored up to the Keith Tibbets Russian destroyer shipwreck. We decided to jump into the wreck straight away and do our night dive here. On the dive the guests were excited to dive the wreck at night and see what they would find. As soon as they jumped in they were surrounded by stingrays and barracuda, on the wreck a small baby octopus was spotted along with a couple of crabs and lobsters.
As the sun rose in Cayman Brac, the guests started to filter out their cabins and make their way to breakfast. After some tasty eggs and bacon, it was time to jump in the water and see what the Keith Tibbets had to offer in the daylight. The divers explored the wreck and the small reef patches that lay next to it. As well as the wreck divers found many different species of fish including barracuda, spotted drum, pufferfish, and queen angel. There were also many stingrays found in the sand along with a turtle that seemed to enjoy having his picture taken, 3 eagle rays and a frogfish! After two dives here, we headed back to Little Cayman for one last dive on Bloody bay before making our way back to Grand Cayman. We moored up at Joys Joy. This dive has a very interesting wall with a few little swim throughs and hole in the reef where you can find all sorts of marine life, this included turtles, spotted drum, queen angles and barracuda. After one dive here, it was time to pull the ladders and start the engines. Next stop Grand Cayman.
We arrived back in Grand Cayman in the early hours of Friday morning. When we arrived back on the west side of the island we moored up to the famous Kittiwake shipwreck. As the divers made their way to the dive deck for the first dive they could see the wreck from the surface as the water was so clear. The soon jumped in to explore the 251ft shipwreck inside and out, and as they did they found not only the wreck but midnight parrot fish, more stingrays, barracuda, banned coral shrimp, and a moral eel living on the wreck. After one dive here we headed to the last dive site of the trip, devil grotto. More turtles were found along with tarpon, eels, and drum fish. Once everyone was up it was time to head back to dock after a very successful week of diving in the cayman islands.
Until Next Week
Your Cayman Aggressor Captain & Crew