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Log Date: Saturday, Sep 22, 2018
Entry By: Roatan Aggressor Crew









 



*Roatan Aggressor Captains log September 22-29, 2017

 

*Air Temp. 79-85 F

*Water Temp. 81-83 F

* Visibility 70-100ft

* Wetsuit req. 3-5 mm full or shortie

 

DIVE SITES:

Sunday-Valley of the Kings Tavianna’s Wall

Monday – Cayos Cochinos Sea Mount, Toon Town

Tuesday – Utila: Jack Neals, Pinnacle

Wednesday – El Aguila, Half Moon Bay Wall

Thursday – Dolphin Cave, Eel Garden

Friday – Lighthouse Reef

 

Saturday

We are happy to welcome 18 guests from The Dive group, Island Hoppers from Nashville, Tennessee. We welcome back Rob & his group who were here in March. After everyone set up their gear and got acquainted, we had a delicious BBQ meal on the sundeck and everyone went to their cabins for some well-needed rest.

 

Sunday

We started the day with a cruise on the south side side. Our first dive site was Valley of the Kings. This site is located off Little French Key & is a host to a plethora of sea life. A free-swimming green moray, Atlantic spadefish, Bermuda chubs, yellow-headed jaw fish & a spotted eel were some of the animals seen. Our afternoon site was on the north side, Taviannas Wall. A great site with lots of sea life. A spotted eel, turtles, sail fin blenny, yellow-headed jaw fish and a free-swimming green moray were a few of the critters seen. The night dive gave way to the usual suspects: Crabs, lobster, shrimp & octopus. It was a great 1st day of diving.

 

Monday

We arrived at the Cayos seamounts for our pre breakfast sight of the morning. 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. There were lots of schooling jacks, barracuda, Atlantic spadefish, oceanic triggers, turtles, nurse shark, nudis & king mackerel. Everyone enjoyed 2 dives here before moving into the amazing bay at Cayos Cochinos. Toon Town was our afternoon site. Named because of its vast varieties of Tunicates. This is where the Bay Islands became known to be the Macro Capital of the Caribbean. Tunicates are filter feeders that are some of the most colorful creatures in the ocean. One of the most abundant tunicates is the blue bell, which is seen abundantly here. We did three dives @ Toon Town including the night dive and looked forward to traveling to Utila the next morning.

 

Tuesday

We started early in the morning for our journey to the island of Utila. Our first site of the day was on the south side of the island, Jack Neals. Jack Neal’s. Wow….pistol shrimp, mantis shrimp, sail fin blenny, upside down jelly fish, slender file fish, squat anemone shrimp, bristle heart urchin, flamingo tongue, feeding peacock flounder & a small sea horse were seen. For the afternoon we journeyed to the north side of the island and to the popular site, Pinnacle. . Known for it’s beautiful pinnacle that starts at 30’ and goes down to 130’. This site is known for its cracks and crevices and swim thrus. A green moray eel and a porcupine puffer were seen. We then had a wonderful dinner prepared by Chef Milton. Then it was time to make our journey back to the island of Roatan. A few hearty guests stayed up and enjoyed themselves on the sundeck talking and listening to music.

 

Wednesday

Engines crank up at 6am, heading west we arrive for a pre breakfast dive at El Aguila, which is the original name of the wreck. It was purchased almost 20yrs ago by several of the dive shops to create an artificial reef system just off a wall, the name translates to the Eagle & sits at more than 100 feet on a sandy bottom. There is a swim thru which takes you through the hull exiting through one of the hatches. It’s a very popular site & that’s why we like to get there early. All the guests on the boat boat dove both dives and were greeted by an assortment of sea creatures. A spotted moray, midnight parrots, grouper, cabera snapper, hermit crab, neck crabs, arrow crabs & schooling bar jacks were all seen. Our afternoon & night dive site was, Half Moon Bay Wall. . Its an awesome dive site, so much to see, not only did we see juvenile spotted drum’s but we get very lucky and see the Juvenile trunk fish too. A free swimming green moray, quite a few neck crabs, a ton of Caribbean spiny lobsters, A small hawksbill & green turtle & super fast arrow blenny. The night dive was octopus central. 6-8 octopuses were seen, as well as, squid, crab & lobster. It was a wonderful night dive.

 

Thursday

We made an early morning cruise to the east end of Roatan to our morning site, Dolphin caves. This site is a series of cracks, crevices and tunnels that traverse the reef, winding its way into the shallows. All the divers took the tour through the caves. Yellow-headed jaw fish, schooling creole wrasse, anemones, juvenile flounders, spotted cleaner shrimp, squat lobster, snapping shrimp, Bermuda chubs, glassy eyed sweepers, arrow crabs, hermit crabs, juvenile spotted drum & a spotted eagle ray were some of the sea life seen. We then had a wonderful lunch and traveled west to our afternoon site, Eel Garden. Visibility was very good and a slight current. We saw turtles, 2 green morays, a circular pelagic tunicate, southern sting ray, Nassau grouper, hog fish and lots of schooling reef fish. It was a great day of diving.

 

Friday

Sadly Friday as come oh too soon 2 dives @ Lighthouse Reef 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

Always a sad day to see our friends and family depart, however there was plenty of happy faces knowing that we will dive together again soon onboard the Roatan Aggressor. Special congrats to our Iron divers: Rob, Dave & Mike. Also, the new members of the NITROX green gas club: Lynn, Janelle, Sonia & Lindsay. Congrats to Dan 400 dives, David 300 dives, Mike G. 200 dives. Thanks again to Rob and “Island Hoppers” makes for a memorable week. Check out our critter board on weekly pics for detailed sea life seen.

 

Until next time, Crew of the Roatan Aggressor…