Log Date: Saturday, Apr 04, 2015
Entry By: Captain Jay Roberts
Belize Aggressor III - Captains Log Apr 4 - 11, 2015
Air Temp: 81 fahrenheit / 27 celsius
Water Temp: 79 fahrenheit / 26 celsius
Photos: © Jay Roberts / Sophie Habegger (photography student)
*** photos by Sophie: flamingo tongue / slender filefish, spiny-head blennie, peacock founder ***
Deck Asst: JR
…Karin, Megan, Robyn, Samira, Andreas, Marus, Thomas, Margaret, Tom, Nelly, Thomas, Helen, Sophie, Vivien, Andrew, Lawrence, Dawn, Robert
Sunday - Sandy Slope & Front Porch
Monday - Long Caye Ridge & X-Site
Tuesday - Island Tour, Blue Hole, & Long Caye Wall
Wednesday - Half Moon Caye Wall & Silver Caves
Thursday - Chain Wall & Painted Wall
Friday - Cathedral & Triple Anchors
Saturday Apr 4th
…18 guests from South Africa, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, & the USA joined us for a fun filled week of diving aboard the beautiful Belize Aggressor III. Guests were greeted dock side around 3:00PM. Scuba equipment setup and each guest shown to their cabins. We had our welcome aboard briefing and champagne toast at 5:30PM.
Sunday Apr 5th
…We motored out to Turnoffe Islands Atoll to begin our week of diving. Dive Briefing!!! Shortly after breakfast, a dive deck briefing was given then the check out dive was made. During the briefing manatees were seen cruising the dive site welcoming the divers, like they were saying come on in the water is fine! After a couple dives on Sandy Slope we motored South to Front Porch. With a mild tide change the visibility was limitless. Eagle rays, green moray eels, spotted toadfish, and many other critters were found on the dives. After completing the night dive we motored East to Lighthouse Reef Atoll.
Monday Apr 6th
…Divers awoke to Long Caye Ridge and some great morning dives. Couple hawks bill turtles, an enormous loggerhead turtle, black tip reef shark, and Lawrence found a microscopic pipe horse floating right in front of his dive mask! The afternoon and night dives were made on X-Site. Squid, octopus, southern stingray, lobsters, and the usual suspects were seen on the dives.
Tuesday Apr 7th
…The week was moving fast, so onto Half Moon Caye for a stroll around the island and some photo ops of the red footed boobie and magnificent frigate birds. After the island visit, we motored to the Great Blue Hole to check out those huge stalactite formations in 132ft/40m of water. For our afternoon and night dive we splashed in on Long Caye Wall.
Wednesday Apr 8th
…A good day of diving was had by all. Half Moon Caye Wall and Silver Caves produced good marine encounters. Spotted eagle rays, schools of goat fish, hogfish, blue parrot fish, garden eels, a shy pike blennie, those fun sail fin blennies, and of course a few sharks cruising the reef.
Thursday Apr 9th
…Yet another awesome day of diving. Chain wall, one of my favorite dive sites had sharks, eagle rays, barracudas, the friendliest of nassau groupers and great visibility. Painted wall was a great way to spend the afternoon. Nice deep wall and gorgeous shallow reef right under the BAIII. Decorator crabs, bridle burrfish, golden tail moray, schools of bermuda chubs, sergeant majors, channel clinging crabs - the works!
Friday Apr 10th
…We made two dives one before breakfast (great way to start the morning) then another after breakfast (still a great way to start the morning). Once we arrived port, some guests went cave tubing, others went to the Belize zoo, the rest stayed aboard and relaxed until our cocktail party at 6:00PM and a little award presentation for the following Aggressor Divers:
Iron Divers - Robert, Thomas, Andreas, Nelly, Thomas, Lawrence, Andrew
Milestone Divers - Helen (100), Sophie (100), Dawn (100), Robert (200)
EAN40 Divers - Samira, Thomas, Maggie
Digital Underwater Photographer - Sophie
Saturday Apr 11th
…8:00AM the crew said their good byes as the guests departed the vessel. Most returning home, a couple staying in Belize to enjoy a jungle tour, take in the sites, or just relax.
…Well, that’s the week folks. On behalf of the crew - keep smiling and keep diving. And remember with Aggressor you always EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!
Captain Jay Roberts