Log Date: Saturday, May 02, 2015
Entry By: Belize Crew
Belize Aggressor III Captain cayes Log
May 2-9, 2015
Avg. Sea State: choppy
Avg. Winds: 20 knots
Avg. Water Temp: 80F
Avg. Air Temp: 88F
Avg. Visibility: 70ft
Steward - Randy
Engineer - Fermin
Divemaster - Victoria
Deckhand - JR
Our guests this week came from all over the globe we had Steve, Mike, Val,
Mark, Lisa, Kevin, Eric, and Heather from the USAcaye Max, Alex, Claudio, and
Rolf from Switzerlandcaye Andrey & Luliia from Russiacaye Ron & Fabrice from
Israel and Francecaye Martin from Germanycaye and Victor from Ukraine.
What a great fun mix of people that came to visit us on the Belize Aggressor
We were blessed with great weather, great visibility, and some very exciting
dives. Our week was spent diving 2 of the 3 Atolls in Belize, Turneffe and
Lighthouse Reef. We got a chance to visit the Great Blue Hole and Half Moon
Caye Natural Monument, 2 World Heritage Sites located on Lighthouse Reef.
We spent the first day and a half diving on Turneffe Atoll at Sandy Slope
and Front Porch. The excitement started right away when 2 Eagle Rays crossed
our paths before we could even start exploring the first dive site...great
way to start the week. On our dives at Turneffe, we got to dive amongst
schools of Creole wrasse, bar jacks, and silversides. We observed several
green morays out hunting on the reefs, saw scorpion fish hiding out in plain
sight right atop the reef, swam alongside a turtle (this became a common
occurrence as the week went on), we saw a school of mackerel zooming along
the wall, found a massive roughtail stingray, saw enough lobster to feed a
village, and found the rare white spotted toadfish.
On Monday we had flat seas as we did the crossing from Turneffe Atoll to
Lighthouse Reef, where we tied up to Silver Caye to dive for the remainder
of the day. Located at this site is a break in the reef that you can drop
down into and swim through a passageway that brings you out on the wall.
Certain times of the year this caye becomes filled with Silversides, and
tarpon that feed on them, this is how the site got the name "Silver Caye".
The caye was not the only cool thing at this site, we had some cool
encounters with Caribbean Reef sharks, saw Eagle Rays, turtles, and we found
The seas were still flat when we woke up on Tuesday, so we had an
opportunity to tie up at Half Moon Caye wall for our morning dives. Half
Moon Caye wall has a vast area of sand that slopes downward to the reef on
the South side of the site. There is then a massive coral mound that runs
East/West along the top of the wall, almost like a giant coral hedge, then
drops down to the abyss. There are also breaks in the reef on the top that
divers can swim through from the shallows to the outer wall. As for marine
life, the sandy area is littered with garden eels and razor fish. There are
also lots of flounder and Southern stingrays gliding across the sandy
bottom. Schools of hogfish, goatfish, blue parrotfish, and midnight
parrotfish can be seen grazing across the sand, as jacks, ocean triggers,
and barracuda hover above. In the grass beds we found pipehorses, pipefish,
flapping dingbats, and head shield slugs. Off the wall we came across several
Caribbean reef sharks, and some more Eagle Rays.
That afternoon we went diving at Long Caye Wall on the west side of
Lighthouse Reef. The topography in that area differs from Half Moon Caye,
but offers just as stunning dive sites. The first thing you notice after
descending at this site is the kaleidoscope of color from the huge and
variety of colorful reef fish that swim among the equally colorful reef and
sponges. Once again we got to swim with a hawksbill turtle and saw a huge
loggerhead. A Caribbean reef sharks came up to check out a couple of the
divers as they did their deep dive for their Advanced Open Water course.
After breakfast we went on land over on Half Moon Caye Natural Monument and
the first of the World Heritage sites we visited today. Half Moon Caye is
home to a colony of over 4000 white-phased Red Footed Booby birds, and is
nesting grounds for several species of turtles.
Next we motored to the Blue Hole, the second World Heritage site we visited
today, for our first dive of the morning. We dropped down to the depths to
look at the massive stalactite formations that hang down deep below.
For the afternoon and night dives we went to Long Caye Ridge, where we spent
the first 20 minutes of the dive with a very friendly hawksbill turtle. As
we cruised over the shallows we saw a spotted moray, and then a golden tail
moray hunting with a graysby. Over the sand we found a pipefish and a little
black fish about the size of a quarter that looked like a flounder or
sole.not sure exactly what specie. As we started our ascent for the safety
stop, a gigantic loggerhead turtle barreled along the reef right past us. Of
course we swam along with it for a little ways before it took off down the
Thursday is our last full day of diving, and it was truly memorable. We
started off at Quebrada over by Long Caye and finished up at South East cut
over by Half Moon Caye. We had 2 Caribbean Reefs sharks that literally
tagged along with the group of divers for the whole dive. We saw more
turtles and found another seahorse. We also had a very friendly Nassau
grouper that posed for a selfie with a diver.
On Friday we try to squeeze in 2 dives before heading to the dock, so we had
some divers jump in before breakfast at Long Caye Ridge. They were greeted
by a schools of Horse eye jacks, Bermuda Chubs, bar jacks, and Sergeant
Majors. There were more turtle sightings and tons of Barracuda.
We then motored back to Turneffe to do our final dive of the week at Triple
Anchor. With more eagle ray and turtle sightings, and finding several
decorator crabs and a scorpionfish, it was a great dive to end the week.
Congrats to Heather and Eric on completing their Deep, Night, and Navigation
specialty courses. And Congrats to our IRON DIVERS, Fabrice, Ron, and Eric,
who did every single dive.
Thank you from the crew and hope to see you again.
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!