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Captain’s Log September 19th-29th
Water Temp: 83-86 F
Captain: Rodney Valenzuela
Cruise Director/Engineer: Josh Foster
Instructor / Photo Pro: Ben Phillips
Instructor/ Video Pro: Rachael Lawns
Dive Master: Sarah Pearson
Chef: Caleb Dudley
Vickie, Kamala, Marcie, Pam, Mike, Steve, Carey, Larry, Peggy, Barbara, Rebbecca, Doris
Thursday: Periwinkle Reef, Lost Blue Hole, Plane Wreck, Lobster No Lobster
Friday: Shark Reef, Danger Reef
Saturday: Cut N’ Run, Split Coral Head, Jake’s Hole
Sunday: Empress Pinnacle, Shenanigans
Monday: Grouper Ledge, Chain Wall, Fishy Heads
Tuesday: Doc’s Tunnel, Fish School, Conception Reef
Wednesday: Cut Through City, Split Coral Head, Kracken Reef
Thursday: Primo Wall, Hole in the Wall, Close Mon, the Last Flight
Friday: Lost Blue Hole
Wednesday September 19th
The crew of the Bahamas Aggressor welcomes aboard 12 fun and lively guests, as part of a dive club trip, for a 10 day “Off the Beaten Path” charter. After arriving on the boat on the dock in Nassau, the guests set up their gear and got settled into their cabins. After the safety briefing, the guests enjoyed a relaxing dinner aboard the boat.
Thursday September 20th
We fired up the engines in the early morning and made our way to Periwinkle Reef, about an hour away from Nassau, for our first checkout dive. The relaxing and calm conditions allowed the guests to get back into the swing of things and knock some dust off the old fins. On the dive we saw many Southern stingrays, four lobsters and the usual mosh pit of sergeant majors following us the entire dive. After that we made our way over to the nearby Lost Blue Hole for one dive. On the dive we saw several black nose sharks, reef sharks, nurse sharks, lobsters and the resident spotted drum. We then cruised over to the Exumas, for one dive at the Plane Wreck. On the dive we saw some good macro life surrounding the plane wreck, as well as a large loggerhead turtle. For our afternoon and night dive we moved over to Lobster No Lobster, where we saw several reef sharks, stingrays, flamingo tongue cowries and even two of the very rare fingerprint cyphoma cowries!
Friday September 21st
We started up the engines in the early hours of the morning to make the crossing down to Staniel Cay to see the famous swimming pigs. The guests spent the morning photographing and feeding the playful swimming pigs, always a crowd pleaser and great for photos. After the pigs, we moved up North to Shark Reef for two dives, where we had many reef sharks, a hawksbill turtle and a large school of horse eyed jacks. For our afternoon and night dive we cruised over to Danger Reef, where we saw several reef sharks, lots of jacks, groupers and Bermuda chubbs. After the night dive, we fired up the engines and made the night crossing over to Eleuthera.
Saturday September 22nd
We kicked off our first day in Eleuthera with a morning dive at Cut N’ Run, a nice wall site with a plane wreck and an old anchor and chain. The plane wreck always makes for nice photo opportunities, we also saw some nice macro life, including lettuce leaf sea slugs and cleaner shrimps and a school of Atlantic spadefish as well. We then moved South to Split Coral Head for two dives, where we lots of reef shark action, some friendly black and Nassau groupers, as well as some very nice coral life on the wall. For our afternoon and night dive we headed further South to Jake’s Hole, where we saw many large channel crabs, lettuce leaf sea slugs, a couple juvenile drums and a baby pufferfish.
Sunday September 23rd
We left Eleuthera early in the morning to make the crossing South to Little San Salvador Island, arriving just after breakfast. We made our first two dives at Empress Pinnacle, where we saw lots of beautiful sponges, several large barracuda, a few huge Southern stingrays, and some nice macro life, including a gorgeous crinoid shrimp and a lettuce leaf sea slug. After that we made the crossing South to Cat Island, making two afternoon dives and a night dive at Shenanigans. On the dives we saw several large lobsters, some giant channel crabs, several stingrays and even a small juvenile squid.
Monday September 24th
We fired up the engines in the wee hours of the morning to make the crossing South to Conception Island from Cat Island, arriving after breakfast. We began the day with two dives at Grouper Ledge, a gorgeous wall site with some very nice coral and fish life. On the dives we saw a hawksbill turtle and Calypso, the resident dolphin, which came right up in our faces and was circling around the guests in a very playful manner, such an amazing encounter! We then moved over to Chain Wall/Fishy Heads for two afternoon dives and a night dive. We spent the first dive on the wall, where we saw many banded shrimp, a midnight parrot fish, and a sharp nose puffer fish playing around. On the afternoon and night dive we saw many Southern stingrays, a juvenile lemon ray, a very nice decorator crab, several flamingo tongue cowries, a juvenile trunkfish, and a tiny pinky fingernail sized juvenile longlure frogfish, found in the same spot that we encountered it the week before, a very rare treat for the Bahamas!
Tuesday September 25th
We kicked off the day with one dive at Doc’s Tunnel, where we saw several lobsters, including a gigantic one and a hawksbill turtle. We then moved to nearby Fish School for one dive, where we saw a spotted drum, several stingrays and more lobsters. For our third dive, we cruised over to Conception Reef, where we saw lots of fish and coral life and even a lemon shark that made an appearance at the end of the dive! Since the wind was picking up weather was changing, we had to pick up anchor and start our long crossing to Eleuthera. We arrived in Eleuthera safely at night, allowing some protection from the rough seas.
Wednesday September 26th
We started the day with two dives at Cut Through City, where we explored the many swims throughs, and saw lots of lettuce leaf sea slugs, scorpion fish, fire worms, stingrays and a drum. We then cruised over to Split Coral Head for two dives, for some shark action. On both the dives we had tons of reef sharks up close and personal, as well as Nassau and black groupers and some very nice coral life on the wall. For our night dive we made our way over to Kracken Reef, where we saw many giant channel crabs, lettuce leaf sea slugs and even an octopus!
Thursday September 27th
We began the day with two dives at Primo Wall, where we saw many lettuce leaf sea slugs, several net crabs and even a big loggerhead turtle! We then moved North to Hole in the Wall, a very nice wall site with a deep vertical swim through. Most of the guests began the dive exploring the swim through, but we also saw several lettuce leaf sea slugs, barracuda and a school of Atlantic spadefish that hung around us for the end of the dive. We then made the crossing over to the Exumas, arriving at Close Mon for one dive. On the dive we saw many juvenile fish species, including filefish and many gobies and flamingo tongue cowries. For our night dive we made our way over to the Last Flight, which is a plane wreck in the sand. On the dive we saw countless numbers of Southern stingrays and even some squid.
Friday September 28th
We fired up the engines very early in the morning and made the crossing to the Lost Blue Hole for two dives. On the dives we saw many reef sharks, nurse sharks, black nose sharks and tons of Southern stingrays. We arrived back at the dock in Nassau in the early afternoon, allowing the guests time to relax on the boat and explore Nassau. We kicked off the day with a great wine and cheese party on the sundeck, sharing stories from the past 9 days and discussing future diving plans.