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TRIP REPORTS
2016
Red Sea - 08/2016

Belize IV-04/2016

Raja Ampat-01/2016

2015
Bahamas-07/2015

Fiji-06/2015


Wayne B. Brown, Chairman and CEO
As Chairman and CEO, one of the most important parts of the business is to travel to Aggressor Fleet destinations to ensure we are continuing to deliver the safety, quality and personal service that we have built our reputation on. These visits also allow me to not only spend time with all the guests but to feed my love for diving and photography as well.

Some of our busiest times are when we launch a new destination. From training the crew to ensuring all the expected amenities are in place, we try to ensure a smooth start to every destination. Fortunately for us, we get lots of practice with all the new destinations we have been adding and the ones we are in process of adding now! Hope to see you on my next dive charter!


Belize Aggressor IV - April, 2016

Belize is the only Central American country with English as its official language. Rectangle shaped at 174 miles north-south and 62 miles east-west, it is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1996. With 70 hard coral and 36 soft coral species identified, as well as over 500 fish and 100 invertebrates, it is one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world.

On arrival at the small but efficient airport, we were quickly through immigration and customs and outside to meet our airport transfer to the Belize Aggressor IV. Our driver gave us a mini tour of Belize City and the history of many sites and buildings. It was a great introduction to the friendly Belizean culture.

We boarded promptly at 3:00 and immediately set up our dive gear and settled our small LiveAboard wardrobe in the stateroom. The captain’s safety briefing, a champagne welcome toast and dinner went by quickly and we moved off the dock headed for our first anchorage off the South-Western end of Lighthouse Reef at Julie’s Jungle.

Our first dive we dropped into a deep crevice running down the wall and right in front of a large green moray stretched out in the corals. During the dive we were also treated to several passing turtles and spotted eagle rays. Once back on top of the reef, it has a beautiful sandy expanse full of garden eels and southern stingrays. For the afternoon, we traveled over to Silver Caves on the West side of Long Cay. There we spent two dives exploring the canyons and swim that provide excellent hiding spots for spiny lobsters and the channel clinging crabs.

Tuesday Morning the sandy expanses at the top of Chain Wall provided an excellent backdrop for some serious shark excitement. During all three morning dives we were treated to visits from the local reef sharks along with several spotted eagle rays. The afternoon was spent at Eagle Ray Wall, where everyone enjoyed the macro world at the top of the wall with jawfish with eggs, colorful mantis shrimp and pipe seahorses!

Wednesday morning, we decided that the weather looked just right, so we made our way through the reef to the Great Blue Hole. There, our group was awed by the size of this collapsed cave, and the sheer drop as the walls descend into the abyss. Swimming amidst the stalactites deep in the blue hole always makes for quite a memorable dive. We then made a shore excursion to Half Moon Cay, where everyone had a chance to stretch their legs, off gas from the deep dive and enjoy a close-up look at the island's seabird population of red-footed boobies, several with babies and frigates. The afternoon was spent exploring the dropoff at East Cut, where several friendly reef sharks provided plenty of entertainment for both dives. 

Thursday morning, we managed to squeeze in three dive sites instead of normal two. Hitting Painted Wall, Long Cay Wall on Lighthouse Reef, and finally Front Porch over on the East side of Turneffe Island. At Front Porch, one of the guests had been looking for the lettuce leaf sea slugs and found so many they quit taking pictures of them! During the dive, we heard a chorus of grunts from Spotted Toadfish throughout the dive, though it wasn't till the late afternoon dive that these elusive critters finally made an appearance.

For our last day of diving, we woke up a little early to make time for the last two dives. We explored Sandy Slope, a site with a nice “ski slope” of sand that cuts down through the wall down to 100’ and beyond. The slopes around the site were full of giant barrel sponges, lobsters, and spotted morays. I even photographed a pair of Bandtail Puffer fish that I have never seen before! What a great way to end the week!

This was also one of my ‘Wine Appreciation’ charters that I run a couple of times a year. Each night I showed videos of the history of wine, barrel making, the science behind wine and other interesting facts. We tasted a different red and white each night with a hand out about the wine, winery and wine maker. It is always the best way to end each day of LiveAboard Excellence!

As on every charter, all the guests left as friends and vowed to dive together again on another Aggressor. Not encouraged by me but always appreciated!


Wayne B. Brown
Wayne B. Brown
Life's Worth Diving For™