Captain’s Noon Reports – Explorer – 2023-09-05

5.33.238N – 87.02.401W anchor resting in 80Ft of water.

This morning we moved from Wafer Bay to Chatham Bay, it took us around 30 minutes to make it here, day is beautiful and hot, clouds are around but mostly sunny, deck is 132F and there is no human on the boat capable of standing on the back deck. We have to spray water for guests to be able to get ready and get in the pangas.

Air temperature is 86F, water today is 81F down to 80Ft, above 50Ft is 84F, visibility average 80Ft, no current, no surge easy diving just need to keep eyes on dive computer and pressure gauge and have a beautiful dive.

We went down the line they have in Alcyone. Just as we make it down a couple of eagle rays went by. They came back later with more friends making a group of five, they kept coming back and looping around guests, then the hammerheads and Galapagos, the yellow fin tunas zipping around going after the creole fish, the giant school of mullet snapper, the horse eyed jacks.

Alcyone was an amazing place. On our way up and just before we left the rock, a MANTA BIROSTRIS, a chevron one showed up and stayed around the diver for over ten minutes (nice). The second dive was even better on the hammerhead action, they came in close to get clean, it is pretty cool to see them getting clean by baber fish and king angel fish too. The little surge action makes the soap fish look like they are dead and just being taking away by the ocean. We decided to get out there and trying to find the school of hammers, but the Galapagos kept coming closer and closer to us so we just stopped to see them. Then the dolphins showed up and guests went crazy. Dolphins stayed with us for few minutes and if that was not enough, the big school of hammers showed up and kept circling around for as long as our safety stop lasted.

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Daily dive and conditions reports from our captains onboard the Nautilus Liveaboard vessels.

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