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Cruise Date: June 30- July 9 Jardines Aggressor 1 (Walls of Zapata)
Captain: Luis Miguel Alfaro
Engineer: Yurisbel Rodriguez
Cruise Director: Suliet Sordo
Chefs: Anibal Frade and Josiel Jimenez
Dive Masters: Gustavo Lopez, Irain Abreu, Jose Luis Casanova, Joel Velez
Marine Biologist: Andres Jimenez
Water temp 83
Visibility 70- 100 ft
DIVE SITES OF THE WEEK:
SUNDAY: IRUMIS REEF, PERMIT REEF
MONDAY: CANON DE CAYO BLANCO, MANO DE DIOS
TUESDAY: GORGONIA REEF, ANEMONA REEF, CANON CAYO BCO
WEDNESDAY: DELIJE DROP, GLORIA REEF, CANON CAYO BCO
THURSDAY: SERGIO WALL, HIDDEN GARDEN
FRIDAY: FISHERMAN WALL
Irumis reef was a beautiful wall covered with incrusting sponges of various colors. It was the first dive; divers saw barracudas, Nassau groupers, schools of Lane snapper, mangrove snapper, and some lobsters. At night divers saw many of de night marine life: squids, decorated crab, parrotfish, and many shrimps.
First dive at Canon de Cayo Blanco reef dive site. Much better vis than the previous week, there is an amazing canon there were lots of big Cuberas and parrotfish. Night dive was great with lots of creatures that are hiding during day, like some crabs, shrimps, basking stars.
For afternoon dives we moved the boat to Mano de Dios reef dive site a drop off which is very shallow in top, the dive went trough overhangs and many black corals.
Gorgonian Reef: As the name of the site, there are so many big soft corals there, saw huge school of Mutton snapper and Cuberas. There the wall has sand cascades and at the top we saw many reef fish. There were some lobsters in the crevices. At Anemona Reef there were many grunts, and horse eyes jacks. Both dives were really good. Night dive took place at canon de Cayo Blanco again as is the most suitable place,
At Delije Drop saw huge coral formations. Divers saw stingrays and spotted eagle ray. Second dive took place at Gloria Reef dive site. It was a shallow wall, with lots of Jacks a area, also spotted moray eel. Night dive took place at canon de cayo Blanco we saw octopus, squids, lobsters, crabs, and stingray.
Sergio Wall, there were lots of fish, slopes falling in the sand and then to a seagrass area full of small hogfish digging for snails. Corals were very healthy but the soft corals prevailed., big feather gorgonians and black corals.
After the dive at fisherman wall The boat moved back the coast, at dive site Divers saw huge colonies of Pillar coral, there were lots of fish on this site, the sandy bottom was covered with mangrove snapper and lane snapper. In the afternoon there was a cocktail party and the premiere of the video of the week and delivery of certificates. By noon the vessel went back to port.