Log Date: Saturday, May 04, 2019
Entry By: Cayman Aggressor Crew
Cayman Aggressor V
4th – 11th May 2019
Guests Penny, Vicki, Jon, Joe, Don, Kim, Bobby, Tim, Emily, Corey, Mike, Chris, Jack, John, Katie, James, Travis and Jenae
Crew Captain James, Cruise Director Kerry, Chef Kris, Steward Oneil, Photo Pro Ben, Dive instructor’s RJ and Matt.
Water temp 81F; Air temp 84 to 88F
Saturday afternoon we welcomed all the new guests on the boat and was happy to see a few returning guests within the mix. As everyone gathered on board we got the introductions and briefings out the way and got everyone settled into their new home for the week.
We started the week off with a check out dive at the doc Poulson, a beautiful little wreck that is covered in all sorts of soft coral and home to a varied of marine life. The first dive was a huge successful with sightings of loggerhead turtle, stingrays and Caribbean reef squid. After a couple of dives here we moved over to the wreck of the Oro Verde. On this broken up wreckage we can find more turtles but hawksbill turtles this time, along with lobsters, spotted drum, ad some beautiful midnight parrot fish. We did 3 dives on this site, including the night dive. While on the night dive the guests found some large channel cleaning crabs and a large school of squid swimming in the shallow reef next to the wreck. After the night dive it was time for hot chocolate and hot towels, the perfect end to the day.
We started the engines at around 6:30 and traveled a little further up the west site of Grand Cayman to the dive site big tunnels. This dive site has some interesting swim throughs and arch ways within the wall. It is also on the north west tip of the island so has a lot of healthy coral growth. Throughout the dive we found more turtles, masked hamlets, a scorpion fish, drum fish and large barracuda swimming by. After a couple of dives here it was time for an Italian themed lunch prepared by chef Kris. Everyone’s bellies were soon full of yummy pasta and ready for a nap. During Lunch time we moved the boat to the next spot, the famous Kittiwake. We enjoyed 3 dives on the wreck and the wall next to it. 2 in the afternoon and 1 night dive. During the dives the divers got to enjoy exploring the wreck inside and out, as well as seeing all the amazing marine life that have made home there. This includes more midnight parrot fish, queen angles, snapper, grouper and large barracuda. During the night dive we got to explore more of the reef system next to the wreck and found moray eels, crabs and large lobsters. Once again, another successful day in Grand Cayman.
We headed to the next dive site here in Grand Cayman early Tuesday morning, we left the kittiwake and then it was a short drive to Neptune’s wall where we completed one dive. This is a beautiful slopping wall that has some very healthy soft coral growth. The divers got to see more turtles and large schools of different Caribbean fish. After the one dive here, we then headed around the North side of Grand Cayman to the north sound where is anchored for stingray city. The divers had a great experience this week with over 10 southern stingrays swimming around the divers and playing with them while they enjoyed a few squid treats. After 40 mins of stingray action everyone climbed back on board and we continued our journey around the island to the north east point of Grand Cayman to a dive site called Babylon. We completed a couple of dives on this site and got to enjoy seeing all of the black coral growth on the pinnacle that hangs off the wall and as well as this we encountered more amazing marine life, including another loggerhead turtle, more stingrays, barred hamlets, cleaning shrimp, flatworms and a large school of jacks. Once we had a couple of dived here we hen pulled up the ladders and started the engines, took advantage of the great weather and began our crossing to Little Cayman!
We arrived in Little Cayman in the early hours of Wednesday morning and tied up at Randy’s Gazebo. When the divers woke up they were excited to jump in the water and see what Little Cayman had to offer. We completed two dives at randys gazebo, and while on the dive the guests soon understood why we love Little Cayman so much. The Vis was easy 100ft and the wall was covered with extremely healthy with schools of different Caribbean fish everywhere. We also got a visit from a couple of very friendly groupers that wanted to hang out with us while on the dive. Once everyone was on board from the dives here we got everyone to gather around the swim platform and we had a little celebration on the back deck for one of the guests, Vicki, she had reached her 300th dive so we celebrated with an aggressor style cake making session on the back platform. Once everyone was cleaned up it was time for lunch, which was a popular Mexican style buffet. In the afternoon we headed to Lea Leas lookout for the two afternoon dives and the night dive. On the dive we got to see lots of healthy coral as well as some huge barrel sponges growing off the wall. We also got more interactions with friendly groupers, found sound very large channel cleaning crabs, close ups with hawksbill turtles, and lots of macro was found in the soft coral on top of the wall. During the night dive with found a seahorse, squid, lemon rays, lobsters and a moray eel free swimming around. All in All, a great first day in Little Cayman.
On Thursday we started our day with a couple of dives at Marylin’s cut. This dive site offers a very shallow top of the wall at only 20feet but then a beautiful drop off that has a couple of interesting swim throughs. During the two dives we found lots of small critters including lettuce sea slugs, arrow crabs, cleaning shrimp, and flatworms. We also got another friendly grouper that decided it wanted to sit on the diver’s lap and not leave the guests alone as they swam over the top of the wall. After 2 dives here, we then moved to the Great wall for one last dive on bloody bay wall. This dive site is famous for being the sheerest part of bloody bay and has some stunning coral heads in the shallow water. Also, on this dive you can see home elk and staghorn coral growth. After the one dive here, we started the engines and began our journey back to Grand Cayman.
When we arrived back n Grand Cayman we were back on the west side of the island and moored up to Angel fish reef. We started the day early with a dawn dive at 5:30 Friday morning. The guests got to see the transition of light throughout the dive and see the different fish start there day on the reef. After breakfast we jumped in again at angle fish and saw large schools of jacks, blue tangs and wrasses. As well as the schools of fish we found a moray eel, more turtles and squid in the shallows. Once everyone was up from the dive we headed to the last dive site of the trip, Devils grotto. On this dive we took the divers through the different swim throughs and found lots of large tarpon that have made home there. They also saw more rays, turtles and a couple of spotted drums. That evening we gathered on the sundeck and enjoyed our Friday evening cocktail party where we enjoyed each other’s company for one last night on the Cayman Aggressor V.
Until Next Week
Your Cayman Aggressor Captain & Crew