Log Date: Saturday, Jun 24, 2017
Entry By: Roatan Aggressor Crew
*Roatan Aggressor Captains log 24th June - 1 July 2017
*Air Temp. 82-89 F
*Water Temp. 81-84 F
* Visibility 70-100ft
* Wetsuit req. 3mm full or shortie
Captain Eddie Anderson
Master Chef Alan
Sunday – Eel Garden, Black Rock
Monday – El Aguila, Half Moon Bay Wall
Tuesday – Cayos Cochinos Sea Mounts, Pelican Point, Toon Town
Wednesday –The Odyssey, Bears Den
Thursday – Dolphins Cave, Taviana Wall, Eel Garden
Saturday June 24th
The sun shines down on our beautiful yacht as a new set of guests arrived, cocktails in hand and grinning with excitement from ear to ear. The weather brought some challenges for us this week, but we were able to stay one step ahead throughout, even taking a window of opportunity to spend a day in Cayos Cochinos.
Sunday June 18th
We begin the week at our favorite spot for our check-out dives, Eel Garden. This beautiful sloping wall is right next to the Southern tip of the island, which brings a multitude of eagle rays, green morays, southern sting rays, and schooling jacks. In the sand, we find yellow-headed jawfish, several groupers at a variety of cleaning stations, and a massive scorpion fish waiting for a quick snack. We move a short distance to black rock to spend the afternoon and night, which is highlighted by several lettuce leaf sea slugs, arrow blennies, and goldentail morays. What a great way to start the week!
Monday June 19th
With the wind picking up, we took our chances and headed north to the wreck of El Aguila. This wreck offers a labyrinth of penetration points, and finishes with a large mast that is micro heaven! We ha the luck of finding several secretary blennies, neck crabs, flamingo tongues, and friendly green moray out for a morning swim. We then headed to a new site that we put in along the Half Moon Bay Wall. This proved to be one of the most beautiful sites we have, with a vibrant reef full of activity. Our night dive capped off an amazing day, with a squadron of squid flying by, as well as numerous octopus feeding in our lights.
Tuesday June 20th
We awoke at 4:00am and shot down to Cayos Cochinos, taking our one day of opportunity to go explore the gorgeous seam mounts and bays. Our first two drift dives over the sea mounts were a calm cruise over and across the beautiful pinnacles, covered with creole wrasse, west Indian simnia, and Nassau groupers. We then headed to a shallow reef called Pelicans Point. We jumped in, and were immediately surrounded by a gigantic school of blue tangs, casually feeding along the wall. A short distance away, we finished our day at Toon Toon, acutely named for is generous proportions of tunicates. Spanish and spotted spiny lobsters walked freely as we snapped our cameras away.
Wednesday June 21th
The engines roar to life at 4am, and we make our way back to Roatan, for a phenomenal wreck dive, The Odyssey. This freighter was purposely sunk for divers, and has been overgrown with macro life. The best part about this dive is that it has been gutted on the inside, allowing each person to penetrate it from the engine room all the way up to the bridge, using the staircases along the way. As we did our safety stop, a squeaking grew louder, all of a sudden showing itself in the form of 12 adult dolphins and 1 baby! The excitement did not stop there, as we headed South to Bears Den. This shallow reef is accentuated with a large cave, full of green morays and channel clinging crabs. With the winds picking up, we spent the night on a secure mooring with movies and wine. Not a bad way to end a fantastic day!
Thursday June 22th
With everyone waking up fresh and rested, with bellies full of Chef Alan’s french toast, we pulled up to a site called Dolphins Cave. This beautiful cave offers several different swim throughs and caverns, which were absolutely engulfed with millions of silversides! There were so many of them, that you could barely see your hand in front of your face! Inside the caves were several jacks dive-bombing the silversides in a feeding frenzy, while 2 curious green morays watched from a disctance. We then headed to West Bay and a beautiful site called Taviana Wall. We jumped in, and immediately found a spotted eagle ray slowly gliding the wall directly below us! As we explored the wall, we found goldentail eels, turtles, and tarpon. In the sand by the mooring pin, two sailfin blennies showed their prowess, antagonizing each other while we watched intensely. For the night dive, we headed to Eel Garden, a splendid spot for octopus, crabs, and lobsters.
Friday June 23th
We rolled our bed to find a magnificent blue sky, painted with colors that predicted the amazing day that was about to come. We left cruised to the South side, where we went to Cara a Cara, our spot for Caribbean reef sharks. Throughout the dive, we had several sharks, both large and small, zipping and darting in between our group of divers. After a thrilling dive with “the men in grey suits,” we headed to my personal favorite macro site here, Mr. Buds wreck. Here we had the pleasure of watching sergeant majors guard their eggs, squat lobsters peeping out of coral heads for a view of the divers, and several flounders scurrying throughout the sand. Our next stop, Romeos, where we cleaned the gear and reminisced about the fantastic week during the cocktail party!
Saturday June 24th
With another incredible week coming to a close, we saw our guests off to the airport and to Pineapple Villas, joyful farewells and hugs in abundance. A special congratulations to all o our Iron Divers this week; Joe, David W., John, Oleg, David, P., Phil, Robert, Jessica! Thank you for all of the wonderful memories, and we look forward to the next time we meet again!
Until next time, the Roatan Aggressor crew..