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Cayman Aggressor V
13th-20th July 2019
Guests: Stuart, Mary, Davis, Kevin, Alice, Johnny, Anne, Caroline, Davis, Eliza, Jack, Conner, Anne, Maxwell, Beatty, Dee, Caroline, Wayne
Crew Randy, RJ, Mo, Kris, JC, Ben, Rodel.
Water temp 84-86F; Air temp 86 to 90 F
This week was another very special week, as we had our owner, Wayne Hasson, and his whole family onboard for a family reunion week! We greeted the guests on the north terminal in George Town. As the guests boarded we started to sort out equipment and soon start to get to know everyone. After dinner was served, we delivered a safety briefing, then most people turned in for the night to rest up for the next day.
We started out the week at our favorite site for a check out dive, the Doc Poulson. On this dive site we have a small wreck that is covered in soft coral where the divers got to explore for lots of small critters, such as fire worms, Peterson cleaning shrimp and upside down jellyfish, but we also saw many Southern stingrays in the sand. After the check out dive, we moved the boat to Devil’s Grotto for two dives. On the dives we saw thousands of silverside fish in the cave systems being hunted by the many tarpon that wait all year for this special occasion. We then cruised over to the Oro Verde wreck for our night dive, where we saw a sleeping hawksbill turtle, tons of banded boxer shrimps, a few lobsters and an octopus.
We kicked off the day with two morning dives on the USS Kittiwake wreck, Grand Cayman’s most popular and best wreck site. On the first, the guests explored the 330 ft piece of history, getting some good photo opportunities in. On the second dive we explored some of the reef next to the wreck, which has some great fish and coral life. We then moved to the Oro Verde wreck for one dive, where we saw several Southern stingrays, a hawksbill turtle, several barracuda and a spotted eagle ray out in the sand! After the dive we made the long crossing to Little Cayman, arriving late at night.
We started off our first day in Little Cayman at Randy’s Gazebo, one of the best wall sites of “Bloody Bay Wall.” On the dives we saw tons of the friendly resident Nassau groupers, that love to cuddle with divers, as well as a juvenile nurse shark, a Caribbean Reef shark, a huge great barracuda and a large hawksbill turtle. Both some of the best dives we’ve seen at this site. After that, we moved the boat to Bus Stop for one dive, where we saw a school of squid, several large Southern stingrays in the sand and many schools of snapper, grouper and parrotfish. We then made the short crossing over to Cayman Brac for a night dive on the Russian Destroyer Wreck. On the dive we saw an octopus, several squid, a large hunting barracuda and several Southern stingrays.
We kicked off the day with a morning dive on the Russian Destroyer Wreck, where the guests took the opportunity to get some good photos in with various sections of the coral encrusted wreck. After that, we made the short crossing back to Little Cayman, arriving at Great Wall, where we did two dives. On the dives we saw a large and very curious hawksbill turtle, a friendly nurse shark, a school of squid, a fire worm and several lettuce leaf sea slugs. Next we moved to nearby Meadows for one late afternoon dive and the night dive. On the afternoon dive we spent some time looking for macro critters, such as the rare sailfin blennies, lettuce leaf sea slugs and yellow headed jawfish. On the night dive we saw a few large lobsters, several squid, a school of hunting black jacks, tons of banded boxer shrimps and several large Southern stingrays in the sand.
We started off our last day in Little Cayman with two morning dives at Marlyn’s Cut, a very nice wall site with some great chasm swim throughs. On the dives we saw, a hawksbill turtle, many friendly Nassau groupers, a porcupine pufferfish and a giant moray eel. We then moved over to Lea Lea’s Lookout for one dive, where we saw another hawksbill turtle, many Nassau groupers, several large barracuda and a nurse shark. After that we made a smooth crossing back to Grand Cayman, arriving late at night.
We kicked off our last day of diving with a morning dive at Angelfish Reef, a nice and relaxing, shallow reef site. On the dive, we saw many banded boxer shrimp, a hawksbill turtle, a scrawled filefish and a porcupine pufferfish. After that, we made our way over to Devil’s Grotto for our last dive of the week. On the dive, we explored the cave systems again that were still filled with the many tarpon hunting the silverside fish. It was a great dive to end an amazing week on, we were all just sad to see it end. We soon headed back to dock and unfortunately it was that time of the week to start cleaning gear and packing up. That evening we finished off the week with our cocktail party and our pirate toast. Another great week on the Cayman Aggressor V.
Until Next Week
Your Cayman Aggressor Captain & Crew