Bahamas Aggressor Captains Log
28 October - 4th Nov 2017
Air Temp - 86-90deg F
Water Temp - 76 Deg F
Exposure - 3MM wetsuit, Shorty / Rash Guard
Captain David Patterson
2nd Captain David Luxford
Chef Marco Moroni
Instructor Gabi Ruben
Instructor Alexandra Quint
Instructor Joshua Foster
Guests - Bob, Cathy, Mike, tammy. Anthony, Eva, Wolfgang, Peter, Martina, Christian, Ralph & Agnes
Saturday 28th October
The crew of the Bahamas Aggressor welcomed 12 divers aboard for a week long diving extravaganza. Due to Tropical storm Phillipe passing through the area we were forced to stay on the dock overnight. Guests enjoyed dinner aboard the yacht prior to enjoying a restful nights sleep.
Sunday 29th October
We opted to stay on the dock until around 10AM as the winds were at or near 40 knots. Once the winds had died down to a safe level we slipped our lines and headed out toward the Exumas. The seas were quite rough as we cruised over the yellow banks toward the first dive site of choice - Crab Reef. This was a wonderful place to begin our week of diving. Here we saw Reef Sharks cruising by our divers, We saw Turtles, Eels, Barracuda and many of the smaller critters such as Shrimp, Fairy Baslets and Arrow crabs. We opted to to 1 dive here prior to moving over to Madison Avenue for the afternoon and night dive. Here at madison Avenue we saw Permit, Hogfish, Schools of horse eyed jacks, Turtles, Shrimp and a whole lot of lobster.
After a windy start to the day we managed to get in 3 dives, much to the delight of our avid underwater explorers.
Monday 30th October
First up for us was Dog Rocks where we completed 2 dives. Due to the storm we had reduced visibility, however it was still a wonderful couple of dives. We saw huge shoals of silversides, Sharks, Rays, and a whole lot more over the 2 dives. We then hot footed it over to Black Tip wall where we did a wonderful wall dive. here we explored the swim throughs and canyon ways where we saw Barracuda, Turtles and Sharks as well as the plethora of reef fish all huddled together tightly in packs.
For the final two dives of the day we dived the wreck of the Austin Smith. For our afternoon dive we dropped in our fish attraction triangle and watched in awe as the group we swarmed by sharks. The reef sharks cruised by very close to our divers making for excellent picture and video opportunities. The group enjoyed a wonderful dinner expertly prepared by Chef Marco after which we completed an awesome night dive on the shipwreck.
Tuesday 31st October
First dive site up was Pillar Wall. This wonderful wall site is always a popular one on this itinerary. Here we saw Reef Sharks, Turtles, Eels, Blue Chromis, Crabs, Lobsters and Spadefish.
We then moved over to Crab mountain Wall for our second dive of the day. This is also another wonderful Wall site that our guests explored fully. This site has a lot of canyon ways and crevices to explore our divers loved checking them out. Here we saw Channel Crabs, Lobsters, Sharks and Turtles, Damselfish, Cowfish and more.
We then moved over to Close Mon for our 3rd dive of the day. This dive site is only possible to explore on an incoming tide so we took the opportunity to explore it to the max. Here we saw Jackfish, Barracuda, schools of mahogany snapper, Arrow crabs and a whole host of other reef fish. We ended the day with a wonderful night dive on the ever popular Aquarium.
Wednesday 1st November
We started our day off with two dives at Jewfish Wall. Here we saw Barracuda, Reef Sharks, Yellow Headed jawfish, Eels, Nurse Sharks, Silversides and Jacks.We then moved into the Exuma bank to enjoy a shallow afternoon of diving. We did a very nice dive on the site Flat Rock. Here we saw Jawfish, Flamingo Tongue, Stingrays, Grunts, Parrotfish, Snappers and Hogfish.
We ended the day at the shallow Airplane wreck. We anchored the boat close to the wreckage so our divers wouldnt have far to swim to find the plane. Here we saw huge schools of fish hiding under the wing sections. We saw Anemones, Arrow Crabs, Angelfish, Cowfish, Tilefish and much much more.
Thursday 2nd November
We started off the day at Lobster no Lobster. Here we saw Triggerfish, Reef Sharks, Roughtil Stingrays, Lobster, Scrawled Filefish and Spadefish. After a wonderful dive we moved over to Barracuda Shoals for two dives. This site is in great condition due to the amount of current found here. We did the dive her on an outgoing tide which is the only time we can dive this site. Here we saw Jacks, permits, French Grunts, Stingrays, Eels, Sharks and much much more. We then opted to do the Washing Machine for our 4th dive of the day. This wonderful drift dive takes place between the islands of Highborne Cay and Oyster Cay. The current was ripping from the East to the west at a steady rate of knots. We dropped our divers off and they tumbled through the washing machine at break neck speed. This is a very fin experience and one which all of our divers loved. This was one of the strongest currents we encountered in a long time which was great. We decided to do our night dive on the shallow site - Close Mon. This was a dive that everyone loved.
Friday 20th October
We decided to divePillar Wall prior to having breakfast which was great as we saw Grouper, Barracuda, Snappers, Lobster, Crabs, and Eels. We then headed back into the blue hole prior to heading to Nassau toward civilization. We ended the trip with a wonderful cocktail party on the sundeck prior to taking dinner ashore.
Congratulations to our iron divers - Anthony, Cathy & Rob
Congrats to Tammy, Mike, Cathy & Rob for also completing their Nitrox course with us.
Congratulations also go our to Cathy for completing her 200th dive with us here on the Bahamas Aggressor…Way to go Cathy! Tropical Storm Phillipe couldnt even stop you!
It was also a pleasure to celebrate Ralphs birthday onboard - We particularly loved your dance moves at the cocktail party…Ralphs got the moves!
Safe travels always to you all and we look forward to welcoming you back onboard sometime soon.
The Bahamas Aggressor Crew