BOAT and CREW
Dolphins, Sharks and Diving on the Little Bahama Bank
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This paradise is beyond words. Visit it as often as you wish
and you will still not tire of it. The reef starts in 100 feet of water with a
sandy bottom. With nearly vertical walls the reef rises up to about 50 feet.
There are many cuts and crevaces in which live a staggering amount of sealife.
If you are looking for the big picture of towering seascapes or for the small
creatures to be found in a thimble, this is one spot that you must see in this
lifetime. Loggerhead turtles, sharks, schools of jacks, Jewfish and the
occasional pleagic Wahoo and Kingfish. Large Gorgonians, Elephant sponges,
Brain corals, Star corals and more.
Mt Olympus: As the
name suggests, this site really is home of the gods. High-profile
coral starts in about 60ft of water and drops off to over 1500ft with a
stair-step at about 125ft. Awe-inspiring canyons of coral dwarf the scuba
divers, and we occasionally see hammerhead sharks cruising the wall.
Ok...you want a wall dive???...are you sure??? This is the spot that has kept
you dreaming. This is a deep dive. It starts like the rest of the dives...with
a briefing and a reminder... be safe! not stupid.
The reef is a N/S ridge that runs for about a 1/2 mile. The
sand on the eastern side of this towering living structure is in 100' of water.
The sand on the western side is only in 1700' of water. The actual wall starts
around 130'. If you are not comfortable with these depths you need not feel
slighted on this dive. While the top of the reef is at 60 feet, there is
plenty to see at that depth. In fact, that is what most people
do on this dive as they want as much bottom time as possible so they can stay
in this aquatic paradise.
This is a site that is close to the
dolphin grounds . There is a
friendly nurse shark that lives here along with a host of other reef friends.
The reef is a long oval that is oriented North-South. It is
surounded by a white sandy bottom. On the eastern side it is about 50' and on
the western side it is about 75'. The top of the reef averages about 35-40'.
It's location is very near The Mountains
so it is close to the edge of the Bank. This allows it to be fed by the
super warm and clear waters of the Gulfstream. Also, by being in the transition
zone from deep to shallow waters you also have the bigger pelagic fish swim by
The most beautiful part of this reef is by far it's abundant and
diverse sponge and soft coral gardens. This is truly a color-filled spot in the
ocean with many friendly creatures to visit.
Raw, Wild, and Lively!! That is how we describe both the
reef and its namesake, our second Captain Robin
. This reef is something. Its biggest boast is its many cuts
and swim throughs where you can find way too many lobsters and groupers. If you
are an underwater hunter or photographer there is only one problem, they are
back in cracks that you cant get to...but you can see them.
However, if you are an underwater naturalist, you just can't go
wrong here. You can almost always find a cleaning station where a large grouper
is being cleaned by Petersen shrimp. Maybe you are into seeing a Bicolor
Damselfish chase away fish that are ten times her size. If not that, perhaps
you prefer hundreds of brilliant Blue Chromis posing for photos over brain
coral that is over 50' in diameter! Whatever your flavor of wonder, you can
find it in spades here.
The "reef" is an area near Memory Rock. It is difficult to give
accurate depths because of the many cuts and swim-throughs and also because the
reef is so large of an area. Basically, the top of the reef is about 35-40' and
the bottom can be found from 40-90'. Typical visibility in this area is about
This site is difficult to maintain a mooring on it. There is a high
volume of traffic that passes the area due to its proximity to Memory Rock,
deep water, and the traffic lanes to the Walkers and Abaco Bahamian Islands.
While this does not interfere with or endanger the diving/divers, it would
often ruin the mooring (and perhaps someone's
This reef is one of Scotty's
favorite dive sites. It is just inside of Mount
Olympus but just a bit more shallow. It is home to many fish and is known
to have Carribean Reef sharks in the area from time
The reef is yet another N/S ridge type of reef in the shape of a
fork with two prongs. On the eastern side the sand is about 40'. The sand in
the middle is about at 50'. The sand on the western edge is about 80' that
slopes gently away to 90'. The top of this reef is about 35'.
Scottawall is covered by sponges of nearly every size and color.
There is a barrel sponge the size of a Honda Accord (no exaggeration!) that
many times is host to a cleaning station.
If you dive the Bahamas, do not miss this dive!
While your mind was sleeping, Hollywood has done a number on you and
your perceptions. Sharks have such a bad (evil in some contexts) connotation,
that it is many times difficult to have an intelligent conversation with
otherwise educated and rather bright people. What we would like to give you is
information so that you may educate yourself and help save some of these
Sharks came on the scene back in the Devonian time period which is over
350 million years ago. In the last two centuries, man (Pleistocene) has made
every effort to rid himself of these necessary machines. We are not marine
biologists. However, as naturalists, we have found that being in their
environment and observing their behavior, the number of sharks is
clearly a tell-tail pulse of a reefs health.
Dream Team Shark Encounters
If you are looking to learn more about sharks, may we suggest perhaps a
short encounter with them in the wild. This is a dive on the wild side as we
feed these animals. You sit in safety as you see wild sharks feeding in the
area. Depending on your level of comfort and your desire to see, you can have
the animals come right up to you as you move to the bait. Of course, if you
like having them in the distance, you only need to stay away from the bait.
We have two separate locations where we hold the shark dives. The first
is the Bull Pen. This is a 60' reef that you can
always count on seeing at least 3-20 groupers. This shark dive
is good for bringing in from 1-6 sharks in a very controlled environment.
The Sugar Wreck
In 15-20 feet of water lies the wreck of a 330ft. four-masted steel
sailing vessel. The nickname Sugar Wreck refers to the cargo of
molasses she was carrying from Central America via Havana destined for the
northeast US. The ship was run aground by a hurricane in the shallow water.
about 100 years ago. The ship broke apart and opened up over time, becoming
home to an amazing amount of life. Huge resident loggerhead turtles are a
highlight, and are the stars of the show on night dives. Sugar Wreck is also
home to nurse sharks, octopus, moray eels, black grouper, hundreds of barracuda
and literally thousands of fish of every description. Not to be missed!
This is an incredible night dive. Between the turtles,
nurse sharks, conch, crabs, zillions of fish, plus creatures you have only seen
in your imagination you will nearly be out of breath with excitement and awe as
you climb back aboard and tell the crew what an incredible dive you just had.
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