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2010 Crossing from Turks & Caicos to Miami on the Juliet

2010 Crossing from Turks & Caicos to Miami on the Juliet

Denny & Paula Felver along with Jaki & Bart Hofherr and Jim Oberley flew out of Detroitto Providenciales in the Turks & Caicos Islands.  We flew in on 1/20/10 and stayed at the Comfort Suites.  A van picked us up around noon and took us to the Juliet.  We spent the afternoon/evening in the bay and left around 3:30 AM for West Caicos.


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The passengers for this 10 day adventure were Bart, Jaki, Jim, Paula, Denny, Sylvia, Melody, Laird, Ed, Andres, Scott and Kathleen.  Our crew on the Juliet was Captain Brandon, Beth the Chef, Kat the Dive Master, Jimmy the Engineer and Rudy the deck hand. 

 

{slide=January 21, 2010 West Caicos}

The next day, 1/21/10 we did four dives at West Caicos.  The first two dives were at a site called Whiteface, which is famous for the Anchor coming out of a crevice at about 80 feet.  We saw an Eagle Ray on the second dive on this site.  The next two dives were also at West Caicosbut on a site called, “The Gully”.  We saw several reef sharks that circled us and gave us great opportunities to take pictures and video.  After the night dive we traveled 79 nautical miles from West Caicos·to Hogsty Reef.

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{slide=January 22, 2010 Hogsty Reef}

The next morning on 1/22/10 we did a drift dive on Hogsty Reef.  We saw three Eagle Rays  The next dive was also a drift dive.  Jimmy took the spear and did some lionfish hunting.  In the afternoon several of the crew and passengers took the dinghy to a sandy area close to a big ship wreck that was partially above the water and did some lobster hunting.  We anchored for the third dive of the day  at the same site.  This is a great dive site and with high sponges and coral profiles.  The night dive was also here.

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{slide=January 23, 2010 Great Inagua Island}

The next morning we traveled to Great Inagua Island.  We toured the island in a van with a local.  We saw the salt factory and the flamingos.  We climbed to the top of the lighthouse and took some great pictures.  This was a fantastic island excursion.

Our next two doves were at a site called, “Fish Market”.  We saw a small turtle and lots of little fish.  They were good dives.

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{slide=January 24, 2010· Travel Day at Sea}

On 1/24/10 we traveled all day.  The skiff broke loose and it was too windy todive at Cay Santa Domingo.  The Coast Guard boat was close to us and Captian Brandon talked to them on the radio.

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{slide=January 25, 2010 ·Cay Lobos}

On 1/25/10, we did our next three dives at Cay Lobos.  They were all drift dives.  On the first drift dive we saw 2 southern sting rays, jellies, barracudas and fish everywhere.  This was a premium dive site.  On the other two drift dives we saw a reef shark, another southern ray, 2 green spotted eels and a loggerhead turtle that was asleep.  These were fantastic dives.

In between the dives we took another island excursion to a very small island with a big lighthouse on it.  We took pictures, gathered shells and saw a big dead loggerhead turtle on the shore.  We did not do a night dive and instead headed out for a 105 mile travel to the next site.  Unfortunately when we reached the area of a dive site called, “Do It Again”, it was too rough and we just had to keep on moving north up to Orange Cay.  We traveled all day.  We did have at least 9 – 12 Atlantic spotted dolphins that traveled at the front of the boat with us.  They would come around and then they would leave and then come back.  They are beautiful to watch speeding along in the wake off of the boat.

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{slide=January 27, 2010 · Lurkin Heads - Grade A - Miami Rita}

Our next dive was the next morning, 1/27 at Lurkin Heads.  It was sunny but colder and breezy.  It was a great dive and we saw a turtle, a ray and angelfish.  Our next dive was at Grade A and there were fish everywhere.  It was a drift dive and among the fish we saw was a nurse shark, a green moray eel, a southern ray and angelfish.  There was a big school of barracuda right under the boat when we were getting back on the boat at the end of the dive.  We started out in West Caicos with the water temp at 79 degrees and by now it is down to 75 degrees.  It was cold getting out of the water.

The next two dives are on the Miami Rita.  As usual at this site, there are loads of fish and big rays.  The water temp here is down to 72 – 73 degrees.  Down right chilly!

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{slide=January 28, 2010 · Krispy Kreme - Nodules - Bull Run}

It’s Thursday, 1/28/10 and the last day of diving for this trip.  We are at a great dive site called, “Krispy Kreme”.  It’s about 8:15 in the morning when we jump in the 75 degree water.  At our maximum depth of about 95 feet and probably about 25 minutes into the dive, we spot a hammerhead shark coming our way.  Dennyhas his video going but I did not take my camera on this dive.  The big hammerhead was a magnificent sight to see.  He came directly at us the then just veered off and went on his way.  Needless to say, this was the highlight of the dive trip for us.

The next dive was at “The Nodules”.  It was a nice dive with a little current.  We saw a moray eel and a French angelfish to name a few.  Our last dive was at Bull Run.  Unfortunately it was limited visibility, 74 degree water and too few reef sharks.  There was one exciting thing to note on this last dive of the trip.  I was taking pictures of a reef shark and the shark kept circling me so I kept taking more flash pictures.  Finally the shark turned directly towards my head and just kept coming.  I ducked, turned off my camera and motioned to Denny that I was ready to go up to the boat.

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The next morning we woke up in Miamiand the trip was over.  Click here to view all pictures!!

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Name Dive Dive time Annotations Gas mode Max. depth Site Location
587. 1/21/2010 8:28:00 AM  1 00:42.2 79 degrees Nitrox 90.0 ft Whiteface West Caicos
588. 1/21/2010 11:10:00 AM  2 00:47.0 79 degrees Nitrox 83.0 ft Whiteface West Caicos
589. 1/21/2010 3:08:00 PM  3 00:47.4 81 degrees Nitrox 98.0 ft The Gully West Caicos
590. 1/21/2010 6:26:00 PM  4 00:28.0 81 degrees Nitrox 66.0 ft The Gully West Caicos
591. 1/22/2010 9:04:00 AM  5 00:41.0 77 degrees Nitrox 89.0 ft N21 39.3301 W73 46.2020  Hogsty Reef
592. 1/22/2010 12:26:00 PM  6 00:43.4 77 degrees Nitrox 88.0 ft N21 39.3301 W73 46.2020  Hogsty Reef
593. 1/22/2010 4:19:00 PM  7 00:37.2 79 degrees Nitrox 95.0 ft N21 39.3301 W73 46.2020  Hogsty Reef
594. 1/23/2010 1:58:00 PM  8 00:44.4 79 degrees Nitrox 58.0 ft Great Inagua Island
595. 1/23/2010 4:40:00 PM  9 00:56.2 79 degrees Nitrox 70.0 ft Great Inagua Island
596. 1/25/2010 9:19:00 AM  1 00:47.2 75 degrees Nitrox 68.0 ft Cay Lobos
597. 1/25/2010 12:26:00 PM  2 00:47.0 75 degrees Nitrox 72.0 ft Cay Lobos
598. 1/25/2010 4:25:00 PM  3 00:47.2 79 degrees Nitrox 72.0 ft Cay Lobos
599. 1/27/2010 8:20:00 AM  1 00:57.2 73 degrees Nitrox 62.0 ft Lurkin Heads Bahamas
600. 1/27/2010 12:00:00 PM  2 00:45.4 75 degrees Nitrox 69.0 ft Grade A Bahamas
601. 1/27/2010 4:25:00 PM  3 00:43.4 72 degrees Nitrox 36.0 ft Miami Rita Bahamas
602. 1/28/2010 8:36:00 AM  4 00:38.4 75 degrees Nitrox 104.0 ft Crispy Creme Bahamas
603. 1/28/2010 11:43:00 AM  5 00:42.0 73 degrees Nitrox 76.0 ft Nodules Bahamas
604. 1/28/2010 2:32:00 PM  6 00:47.0 73 degrees Nitrox 57.0 ft Bull Run Bahamas

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