*Roatan Aggressor Captains log Sept 2nd-9th, 2017
*Air Temp. 82-89 F
*Water Temp. 81-83 F
* Visibility 70-100ft
* Wetsuit req. 3mm full, shortie or skin
Sunday – Eel Garden, Pirate’s Pointe, Mr. Buds
Monday – Cayos Cochinos Sea Mount, Toon Town
Tuesday – Utila: Pinnacle Pointe, Blackish Bay, Jack Neals
Wednesday – El Aguila, Dolphin Cave, Half Moon Bay
Thursday – Cara a Cara (Shark dive) Drift 40’ wall, Valley of the Kings Mary’s Place, Wreck of Mr Buds
Friday – Pirates Pointe
Saturday September 2
We are happy to welcome 15 guests from around the United States & Columbia. Quite a few newcomers, as well as, some familiar faces. After everyone set up their gear and got acquainted, we had one of Chef Dorian’s wonderful meals on the sun deck and everyone went to their cabins for some well-deserved rest.
Sunday September 3
A short journey along the south side towards the calmer waters of the west side.
Eel gardens was our first site. Everyone jumped in and and checked out their gear. Several turtles, a spotted moray and a scorpion fish were seen. The weather turned a little windy so we pulled up the mooring and headed to the south side to Pirates Pointe. Boy are we glad we did. Willie our Utilan dive master found a black seahorse. Everybody took turn taking photos. A curious free-swimming green moray hung out for a while. Mike took some great shots of a lobster in a sponge. Last site of the day was Mr. Buds. Silver sides were in abundance in the wheelhouse. Meg found a pipe fish. Nesting sergeant majors were plentiful down the starboard side of the wreck. Several spotted drums were also seen in the surrounding coral.
We arrived at the Cayos seamounts @ 8:00.These two pinnacles come up from the depths to within 35ft from the surface and is a haven for pelagic critters and beautiful coral life. Large groupers, schooling snapper & jacks greeted the divers upon entering the water. After two dives we headed to the islands of Cayos Cochinos for our afternoon dive site, Toon Town. Named because of its vast varieties of Tunicates. This is where the Bay Islands became known to be the Macro Capital of the Caribbean. Mike got some great shots of a diamond blenny. Spotted drums, yellow-headed jaw fish, schooling horse eyed jacks, were a few of the animals seen. The night dive gave way to a vast array of critters. A big eyed toadfish, octopus, crabs, and lobster. A school of squid stole the show. Darting to & fro behind the ship, Rick got some great pics. Great night dive.
Tuesday September 5
Early rise in the morning for the journey to Utila. It’s been a few weeks since we had been here & it’s good to be back. Our first site was Pinnacle Pointe. A spotted eagle ray was seen cruising the wall. We then did a drift dive on Blackish Bay. After a delicious lunch and a siesta, we went to our afternoon site, Jack Neal’s. Wow….pistol shrimp, mantis shrimp, sail fin blenny, corkscrew anemone, slender file fish, squat anemone shrimp, bristle heart urchin, flamingo tongue & a peacock flounder, whew! Were seen. Night dive was awesome and had the usual suspects: crabs, lobster.
Wednesday September 6
An early morning pre-breakfast cruise put us on the wreck of El Anguila. This freighter was sunk years ago as an alternate source for diving. A spotted moray was seen in the surrounding coral, as well as, several orangutan crabs clinging to the mast. We then moved to our afternoon sight, Half moon Bay Wall. Our resident red lipped bat fish was discovered again by Captain Eddy. Linda, John, Susan & Rick got some great photos of this odd looking sea creature. A mantis shrimp poked its head out defending its turf. Two sharp tailed eels were seen feeding in the sand and surrounding reef. The night dive was an octopus frenzy. Five octopus were seen, as well as, giant crabs and lobster.
Thursday September 7th
Back to the south side of Roatan for our early morning shark dive at Cara a Cara. Cara a Cara means face to face in Spanish and that’s exactly what it was. 10-12 grey reef sharks joined the group and put on a great show for 40 minutes. Next up was a drift dive from 40’ Wall to Valley of th Kings. Multiple free swimming green morays were seen. A large school of creole wrasse was feeding on eggs. Mary’s place was next. Water was a bit murky so we moved up the coast to Mr. Buds. Silver sides were plentiful in the wheelhouse, as well as, a scorpion fish, spotted drum and a green moray. What a great way to end a great day of diving.
Friday September 8th
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.
Saturday September 9th
Once again it’s time to say our goodbyes. Special congrats to our Iron divers: Chuck, Lori & Mike. Congrats to Chuck on his 200th dive.
Until next time, Crew of the Roatan Aggressor……