Captain’s Noon Reports – Under Sea – 2023-12-05

Yesterday we finished the afternoon with an amazing dive at Punta Tosca. Vis 20 meters, mild current, swell NW 2m, temp 80F.  We had 2 mantas join us about 10 minutes into the dive and stay there playing with every guest and dive master until the end of the dive. 

Guest Antonio came up and his mask was filled with tears he was so happy.  I think it took him at least 30 minutes to calm down and stop the tears.  He was so happy.  Antonio said by far it was the best dive of his life. We had quite a few amazing dives at Tosca. After that dive, we did our navy inspection over the radio and continued onto the Boiler arriving last night. 

This morning we started with the first dive at the Boiler. We had a very strong current moving to the west, winds out of the east, and swell out of the NW 2-2.5 meters. Current pushed all groups out to the west on the first dive. We recollected all groups and gave it another shot.

In the 2nd attempt 2 groups were able to stay in the lee of the Boiler and see a couple of white tips, but visibility was low. 1 group missed it again and spent a while searching in the blue and swimming against the current exhausting everyone. Once back at the boat, we decided to pick up the anchor and come to Canyon.

We did 2nd dive at noon at the Canyon. All groups started at Manta Rock or to the east of it. By the time safety stops were done, all were picked up past Manta Highway. The current at SanBen is extremely strong today. On the second dive, 2 groups saw hammerheads and mantas. 1 group (same one that missed the boiler twice) fought the current and ended up well past the Fundedero anchorage.

By Noon Reports

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

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