*Roatan Aggressor Captains log October 28-November 4, 2017
*Air Temp. 82-89 F
*Water Temp. 81-83 F
* Visibility 40-75 Ft.
* Wetsuit req. 3-5 mm full or shortie
Engineer John B
Sunday – Pirate’s Point, Mr. Bud
Monday – Calvin’s Crack, Mary’s Place
Tuesday – Tavianna’s Wall, Eel Garden
Wednesday – The Pinnacle, Wreck of the Haliburton, Jack Neals
Thursday – Cayos Cochinos seamounts, Lighthouse Wall, Mr. Bud
Friday – Cara a Cara, 40’ Wall
Saturday October 28
We are happy to welcome 10 guests from the United States & Russia. Great to see so many new faces here on the Roatan Aggressor. After everyone set up their gear and got acquainted, we had a delicious BBQ meal on the sun deck and everyone went to their cabins for some well-needed rest.
Sunday October 29
Pirate’s point was our first dive of the charter. There has been quite a bit of rain & wind causing visibility to deteriorate to an extent. Pirate’s Point is a beautiful sight with a sloping sand chute that is its trademark. Free-swimming green eel cruised through the group in search of its next meal. Several spotted drum and schooling reef fish were seen. Mr. Bud was our late afternoon dive on a fun wreck. Silver sides were plentiful in the engine room, as well as, a scorpion fish, spotted drum and a green moray. Night dive had the usual suspects: crabs, lobster & a lone stingray. What a great way to end a great day of diving.
Monday October 30
We started the day at Calvin’s Crack. This sight is known for its large crevice that starts at 30’ and descends to about 80’. David & Ellen got some great pics of glassy eyed sweepers coming through the tunnel. Along the wall we found a spiny lobster nursery with 5 juvenile lobsters. Finishing the dive we spotted, not 1 but 2, orange and white seahorses! A large mantis shrimp was also seen. The afternoon sight was Mary’s Place. This sight is known for its incredible cracks and crevices. A resident Nassau grouper (Champ) greeted the guest upon arrival of the crevices. A large mantis shrimp was seen near the mooring cement block. The night dive gave way to crtabs, lobster and yes an octopus.
Tuesday October 31
We then took a short journey along the south side towards the calmer waters of the west side. Tavianna’s Wall was our first site. Schooling jacks, turtles, sail fin blennies and yellow-headed jaw fish were seen. We then did a drift dive from Half Moon Bay heading north. Turtles, a southern sting ray and some nudis were seen. We then went to Eel garden for the afternoon & night dive. An eagle ray, turtles and several lion fish were seen. Nice day of diving.
Wednesday November 1
An early morning breakfast cruise to Utila we were joined by a pod of bottlenose dolphins riding the bow pressure wave of the yacht. Jumping and putting on a great show for all the guests. First site of the day was the Pinnacle on the north side of the island. Ellen spotted a free-swimming green moray underneath the boat. Also huge schools of mutton snapper were seen off the pinnacle. A barracuda, soap fish and a cave basslet were seen. After lunch we dove the wreck of the Haliburton. Lots of silversides were in the wheelhouse. A resident green moray was seen hanging out on the stern. 2 large arrow crabs were seen feeding in the bridge. Last site of the day was Jack Neils. A great site with coral heads & sand chutes. A few of the sea creatures found on the site were: Striped elysia, mantis shrimp, mushroom scorpion fish, spotted eel and flamingo tongues.
Thursday November 2
1st up was Cayos Cochinos seamounts These two pinnacles come up from the depths to within 45ft from the surface and is a haven for pelagic critters and beautiful coral life. Everyone enjoyed 2 dives here before moving to the north side of Roatan. The afternoon site was Lighthouse Reef. A large puffer, green eel, and southern stingray were seen.
Friday November 3
Back to the south side of Roatan for our early morning shark dive at Cara a Cara and we were barely into the water before curious groupers came in to see what goodies we had brought for them. They stayed with us the whole dive, as did 10-12 grey reef sharks. The 2nd dive was a drift dive on 40’ Wall. Turtles a green moray, school of jacks and a spotted drum were seen.
Once again it’s time to say our goodbyes. It was great to have all the cultures of Russia & USA together. We all share the same love of nature & of the sea. Congratulations to our iron divers: Ellen,& Anatoli.
Until next time, Crew of the Roatan Aggressor……